How To Support Japan Relief Efforts

For those of you wanting to help The Salvation Army’s earthquake relief work in Japan, you can support our efforts in several ways. 100% of your funds will be sent  to The Salvation Army in Japan for their disaster response efforts.

  • Donate online at
  • Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. (Please ensure that you respond “YES” to the Thank You message you receive or else your donation will not go through.)
  • By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to

The Salvation Army World Service Office
International Relief Fund
PO Box 630728
Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

Monetary funds offer great flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible.

*Many of you have asked about volunteer opportunities to assist relief efforts in Japan. At this time, The Salvation Army is not in need of volunteers. We will be sure to post an update to our blog if this changes.*

Thank you for generous support and continuous prayers for those in Japan. To learn more about our relief efforts, click here.


At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public.  It is extremely difficult and expensive to ship in-kind donations overseas from the US to Japan. It is more efficient for disaster relief agencies to purchase needed resources locally and for immediate distribution with the disaster area. The best way for U.S. donors to help Japanese disaster survivors is to make a cash donation. Please note that your local The Salvation Army continues to accept donations of used clothing, furniture and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used items to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store.

89 Comments on “How To Support Japan Relief Efforts

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  5. @Amber
    Yes, the Salvation Army Japan t-shirts are a project of the USA Western Territory’s Youth Department, and the proceeds do go to Japan relief.

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  7. I am trying to text to 80888 from Turkey, but there is a problem, messages failing, do it need to use any code before 80888?

  8. On March 15th, 2011 launched it’s online giving website in hopes of providing organizations and individuals with a revolutionary online fundraising tool that would change the way people across the United States fundraise.
    We had always envisioned sponsoring our own causes however, we had absolutely no idea that we would be doing just that so quickly.
    We have launched our first cause, Japan Disaster Relief, in hopes of helping the thousands of Japanese people who have been affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.
    100% of each donation to Japan Disaster Relief will be sent directly to Japan., Inc. will cover the transaction fee.

  9. i so feel for japan i cannot believe this happened to such an awesome country,my prayers are with everyone in japan and we hope for a speedy recovery,just to let you know that people all the way from Zimbabwe are with you all the way

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  12. I think the people in japan need something more than just money and food. I think effort should be made to evacuate people off that island to get away from the radiation which will surely kill them over time. How can you sponser a family from japan in your home? Anyone?

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  14. im unemployed, but i wish to help. if you need any volunteers, please, i would be more then willing to go there.

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  16. I believe Salvation Army is best charity out there! You are always there in a disaster, helping in every disaster. You may ring bells at Christmas, which I think is fabulously festive, but you never “blow your own horn” like other non-profits who are often taking bows, but are minimally helpful, not getting the money or supplies where they are needed or who are absent altogether! Keep up the good work! This world NEEDS you! My donation is on it’s way to you! THANK YOU!

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  20. Laura,
    I work for a screen printing company in Michigan. We’re making a Lend Japan a Hand shirt for fundraising efforts. If there’s any way that we can assist the Salvation Army’s fundraising, we’d love join forces. I wasn’t sure how else to contact you, so I figured I’d just post here. There’s a picture of the shirt design at
    I was thinking we could add the Salvation Army logo on there perhaps if you were at all interested?

    Keep up the great work!!!

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  25. I am trying to give to the Japan relief fund, but i can no longer find the web page Salvation Army has for it.

  26. @Lana,
    You can still donate to Japan relief by using our general donation form. When you go to, click the red ‘Donate Now’ button in the top, right corner. In the form’s “Specific Use” field you can designate your donation “Japan Relief.” Thanks for your support!

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  28. Hi,
    I live in Tokyo, and I would like to donate items such as clothes and toys. Is that possible, since the shipping cost wouldn’t be as expensive as from overseas?

  29. @Toriya,
    You should check with your local Salvation Army in Japan. They’ll be able to tell you if they’re in need of these items.


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