Jesse Willms: A Simple Text Message Can Save Lives

Posted by Jesse Willms on April 08, 2011

As you know, I spend a lot of my time trying to find different ways to support various charitable agencies.

This is particularly important to me in cases of natural disasters. That’s why I donated money to Haitian relief efforts and gave $25,000 to the Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund.

When disaster strikes it’s important for all of us to come together to do what we can to help our fellow man. After all, our country could be the next victim of an unforeseen catastrophic event.

With that being said, I was very quick to donate money to the Red Cross when an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents struck Japan last month. I want to do whatever I can to help the tens of thousands of victims recover from this unprecedented event.

I’ve just found another way to help with disaster relief in Japan, and wanted to pass it on. The best part about this is that it is very easy to support. In less than 30 seconds, you could be doing your part to help with the recovery efforts.

Convoy Of Hope is a well-respected organization that helps victims of famine, war and natural disasters around the world. Recently, they have turned their efforts to Japanese rescue and relief. They are working hard to provide food, medicine and shelter to the victims of these disasters in Japan. But, they can’t do it alone. It costs a lot of money to get their volunteers to Japan and, once there, to provide them with the tools they need to get their jobs done.

So, they have devised a brilliant new fund raising effort. To support their cause, you just need to text “TSUNAMI” to 50555. When you do so, you’ll be making a $10 instant donation to their relief efforts.

That’s not a lot of money, and it won’t take you very long to do. However, it can help make a huge difference to the lives of our Japanese friends.

I’ve already donated and am encouraging others to do so. I’m writing this blog today in order to make people aware of Convoy Of Hope, and how easy it is to donate money to help them out.

Even if you can’t personally afford to send them ten dollars, the least you can do is tell other people about what Convoy Of Hope is doing and how easy it is to donate.

Organizations like Convoy Of Hope do the best they can, but they can’t survive unless people support them and help build awareness of what they do.

Today, you can do both. I hope you will.