Celebrities Donate to Japan & You Can Too

Emily Abbate
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japan red cross earthquakeWith the recent 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan, there's no doubt that the government and people need all of the help they can get. It seems that anyone who's anyone wants to do something to help the relief efforts in Japan, especially the rich and famous.

Surprise, surprise ... it all started Friday morning on Twitter.

Many of us heard the news of natural disasters in Japan first thing on Friday. Almost instantaneously, celebrities including Conan O'Brien, P. Diddy, and Khloe Kardashian were telling Twitter followers to text REDCROSS to 90999 in order to donate $10 to the relief efforts in the Pacific. And of course, it was only a matter of hours before celebrities were putting forth their own fundraising efforts:

Mother monster Lady Gaga has designed a wristband for Japanese tsunami relief. "Pray for Japan" is written in red across the white rubber wristband, accompanied by small little monster paws. For $5 apiece, all proceeds go directly to the Red Cross, and buyers have the option of adding an additional donation upon checkout.

Blink 182 fans, rejoice! Singer Mark Hoppus has made a personal effort to help out in Japan by selling off some of his prized Blink memorabilia on eBay. What's up for grabs? A dressing room sign, the original lyrics sheets to hit single "The Rock Show," and Hoppus's orange shirt he wore in the "Dammit" music video, among other items. Cough up some cash and prepare yourself for a bit of a bidding war (for a great cause), and one of these great picks could be yours.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, are matching donations made on CitizenEffect.org, up to $100,000. Citizen Effect uses social networking to support charity efforts.

Remember Linkin Park? Made famous in 2000 by their first single "In the End," the band's singer Mike Shinoda has designed a T-shirt to benefit Music for Relief and their efforts in Japan. Although the shirt is not yet on sale, the organization encourages everyone to donate $10 to the fund by texting "MFR" to 85944.

And although I'm sick of Charlie Sheen, at least he's making an effort to do his part. The star announced that he'll be donating $1 from each ticket of his upcoming live show in Detroit and Chicago, "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option," to the Red Cross' relief fund. Since he's helping out, I won't even put forth a dialogue about what he could possibly be doing while he's "performing" on stage in the Motor City.

I'm in awe of what some of these big names are doing for disaster relief. It's no secret that sometimes celebrities take their fame for granted, twist it up, and regurgitate back something awful. But really -- it's times like these when you see the positive aspects of stardom. Of course it's hopeful that everyone donates through the Red Cross out of the goodness of their heart, but it sure helps when your childhood celebrity idol is encouraging you to do so, as well.

Have you donated? What do you think about these big names pitching in?


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