Friday Distractions can wait until Saturday as Isabel at Pretty Tasty Things highlighted a Bloggers Day of Silence tomorrow and I want to participate too! As time passes the situation in Japan looks more dire and, frankly, nothing I found amusing this week is of consequence in comparison.
Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged put the day together with the aim of raising awareness, showing respect and acknowledging the devastation in Japan. They recommend supporting ShelterBox, which was one of the first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. For Japan With Love has a direct link on the website to their effort's fundraising page for ShelterBox.
If you would like to read an analysis from Givewell on how to best support Japan, go here (Thanks to Alex at Marginal Revolution for the link). I like the logic behind it, but I'm a sucker for a good deal so I still participated in Living Social's promotion today -- you give $5 and they give $5 to the Red Cross. You can too -- they will match up to $1,000,000!
If you are a blogger and want to participate, go here for more information.