Free Calls to Japan Until March 31

Friday morning brought devastating news about a 8.9 earthquake and tsunami hitting Japan. Thankfully, the worse part of the tragedy is over. To help you connect with friends and family across seas; AT&T, Verison, and Sprint are making all calls and text messages made to Japan from the US free until the end of March. There are a few restrictions, so contacting your carrier is recommended.

To help support the recovery there are several ways to do so.

1. Text to Donate: Texting REDCROSS to 90999 will provide $10 towards the Red Cross’s humanitarian efforts.
2. Donate via Facebook: Using Facebook Connect, login to Causes to donate anywhere from $10 to $500.
3. Buy Virtual Goods: Zynga has partnered with Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Emergency Fund to get its users to donate money through the purchase of virtual goods in CityVille, FrontierVille, FarmVille and its other games.
4. “Like” a Facebook Page: Explore.org is donating $1 for every “Like” of the “Dog Bless You” Facebook page, up to $100,000. In addition the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation has headed to Japan for the search and rescue mission.
5. Donate via iTunes: This simple donation page in iTunes [iTunes link] makes it simple to donate anywhere from $5 to $200 to the Red Cross.

Source: Engadget, Mashable