and WPCharity are offering ways to help Japan with WordPress


Japan WordPress theme and WPCharity have each come up with ways for you to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan using WordPress. released a plugin, available on the plugin repository, that will add a banner to the top of your website with a donation link to the American Red Cross. 100% of donations will go to helping in disaster relief.

WPCharity has released a Twenty Ten child theme to help. The theme is called Japan Tsunami, and is available for $1 or more. Twenty five percent of the minimum $1 price is donated to relief. For every dollar over a dollar you pay, 95% will be donated. The money WPCharity raises will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Japan Tsunami is a minimalist photo gallery theme with a live demo and an information page to learn more.

The Japanese people are in the midst of a very trying time. Tens of thousands of people are either dead or missing, and the threat to nuclear power facilities is daunting to say the least. Kudos to both companies for giving back, and perhaps each of us can help in a small way using our favorite web publishing platform.

WPCharity releases the Merapi WordPress blogging theme


WPCharty, a part of Tokokoo Network, has launched a new theme called Merapi. The theme is available now for just $1 (or $9.99, if you’d like to donate more). Merapi is a three column blog theme. You can see a demo of the Merapi theme here. The theme is named for the Mount Merapi natural disaster.

WPCharity wrote this about Mount Merapi:

On October 25, 2010 until this theme is released, Mount Merapi volcano eruption has killed more than 40 and displaced tens of thousands. As of Sunday, October 7, 2010, Merapi’s recent explosive blasts have killed 156 people.

25% percent of the Merapi theme’s sales will go to Rumah Zakat is a religious/charity organization. You can also just donate on WPCharity (5% is kept for financial management and distribution).