|Photo credit: Lady Gaga Official Store website.|
Pop icon Lady Gaga has created a prayer bracelet to benefit the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The simple white bracelet has the words “We Pray for Japan” in red letters in English and Japanese. It is available for $5 on her official store website. However, Gaga encourages people to spend extra for the bracelet. All proceeds will go toward Japan relief efforts, according to the website.
“Little Monsters, show your support for Japan with this ‘We Pray For Japan’ wristband!,” the website reads. “Choose your price to add an additional donation with your wristband. All proceeds go directly to Japan relief efforts.”
The bracelet can be purchased now for pre-order and will ship on or around March 25, the website reads.
The death toll from the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami is expected to rise to the tens of thousands, according to official Japanese sources. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese residents have lost their homes and other belongings. The deaths and damages affect more than a quarter of Japan's 47 prefectures (counties). In addition, nuclear power plants in the region are in a precarious situation.
Update 4:48 p.m.: Lady Gaga tweeted: "Monsters: in just 48 hrs you've raised a quarter of a million dollars for Japan Relief."