Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lady Gaga, Hanson and Demi Lovato Raise Funds for Japan Tsunami Relief


Demi Lovato holds up "Please Help Japan" Poster / Credit

More than 20,000 are presumed dead or missing in Japan after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11th. In response, the music community has been actively trying to raise relief money to send the small island nation.

Last week, Demi Lovato drew a poster of the Japanese flag with the words “Please Help” across it, which she held up in Los Angeles for paparazzi to photograph, to urge fans to pitch in. She, herself, donated $1-million.

Lady Gaga designed a special prayer bracelet to raise money for relief efforts.The white and red rubber wristband reads "We Pray for Japan" and is available for $5 on her website. On March 14th, she tweeted about the project's progress: “Monsters: in just 48 hrs you've raised a quarter of a million dollars for Japan Relief. It's important we help. X”

And at SXSW in Austin, Texas last week, Hanson hosted a 12-hour live-stream benefit concert over the weekend to raise funds. The festival’s artists, including Michael Stipe, Ben Folds, and The Hours, teamed up with the American Red Cross and put their “hearts, minds and wallets together to raise support for Japan.” The event raised $103,771. Visit to see how you can pitch in.

To do your part in helping Japan, you can visit the Red Cross website or text "Redcross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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