Not to derail this thread *completely* from its named topic, but those who would like to help people in Japan, New Zealand, Australia (floods, wildfires), or Haiti might look into the Lutheran World Relief organization, whose NON-denominational
help has been and is being offered in these and other places around the world: https://lwr.org
There are small personal hygiene kits, school-supply kits, and other necessities of daily life which individuals or groups can put together. The LWR collects these, ships them, and gets the kits to their people on the ground in these disaster zones to give to those victimized by disasters. Persons with even basic sewing skills can make LWR quilts, which are more like blankets/bedding than the American word "quilt" normally conjures up: https://lwr.org/beinvolved/quilts.asp
Even small contributions ($5, $10) can cover shipping charges for several of the kits or quilts from the U.S. to a disaster zone.
These are ways in which even those of us without much money can help. Or find a Lutheran church and get all of those never-used pencils lying in a box somewhere in your house over to that church for LWR.
Supplies must be new or at least never used; clothing must be unstained and not torn (baby outfits).
(who is, BTW, not a Lutheran)