Of all the cool ways we use technology, one of the most significant has to be how tech helps us help others, even in an emergency half a world away. Right now, we can make a difference, however big or small, to the people of Christchurch New Zealand where a 6.3 earthquake struck two days ago.
Want to help? Here’s how:
The American New Zealand Association (ANZA) Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund: ANZA is a charitable non-profit devoted to education and research opportunities between the US and New Zealand. They are collecting contributions for relief efforts, either via PayPal or check. All donations are 100% US tax deductible.
New Zealand Red Cross: Always the standard bearer where it comes to emergency aid, the Red Cross is accepting donations specifically for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. Donations may be made by credit card or wire transfer and are not US tax deductible.
GrabOne: A daily deal site (like Groupon) in New Zealand, GrabOne is offering an alternate means of donating directly to the Red Cross, since the New Zealand Red Cross website has been intermittently overloaded with
traffic. Like with the Red Cross, use your credit card to donate, but it’s not tax deductible.
Plus, Google launched a Christchurch Earthquake Crisis Response page that’s a comprehensive source of information, links and updates on the damage, rescue and relief efforts. Love that a tech powerhouse like Google is using its might to help so many people.
Join us in sending much love and a few extra bucks (skip the lattes or pack a lunch this week, maybe) to those who really need it now in New Zealand. And marvel at how technology makes it so easy to do so much good. -Julie
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