Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster Helped By $2M From LivingSocial

As the rest of the world still look on in horror at the devastation caused by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami on Friday 11th March, plenty is being done to try and help those that have been affected. Whether its kind donations of money that have been received, or food and shelter. But as well as social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and even Google doing their best to help, social buying company LivingSocial have been raising staggering amounts for America’s Red Cross.

LivingSocial which can be compared to that of rivals Groupon, specialise in searching out daily deals across the states, be it coupons and discounts in restaurants, the fashion industry, events and so on. In order to help the cause, instead of offering out discount coupons to its users, it was decided to ask people from Thursday last week, to make a $10 donation for just $5 with LivingSocial “settling the bill.”

In total with the help of some 230,113 users, LivingSocial since Thursday and throughout the weekend have managed to raise $2,301,130 for Japan. It was reported from Mashable that the company managed to equal the dollar donation.

Have you been following the events in Japan? What are your thoughts on a site such as LivingSocial contributing in this way, did you yourself get involved in donating?