March 14, 2011

: Pray For Japan!


The events that took place in Japan (and other areas of the world) last week are devastating. I remember waking up Friday morning and the first words out of Adam's mouth were something about the tsunami - I was instantly sick to my stomach. I turned on the news and visited CNN's website to learn more about it and ways that I could help. The first use of my phone that day was to donate the my first $10 to relief efforts. Since then I've been meaning to write a blog but haven't been able to put how I'm feeling into words, and I'm still struggling.

I'm heart-broken. I'm sad. I'm angry. I'm devastated. But I am hopeful. Though many lives were lost and so much has been destroyed, there are survivors and Japan will certainly come back from this - no matter how long it takes. I'm not close with many Japanese people but from what I know, they are hopeful and strong-willed and will rise from the ashes stronger than ever.

I haven't been able to help much more than donating over $50 so far and keeping everyone in my network updated on news and ways to help, and it's hard. I want to be able to do more. I want to be present in the relief efforts. I want to be there to help clean-up and re-build the places that were destroyed. I know now is not the best time but maybe I can make it over there in the future.

In the meantime, I will continue to do what I can and that is donate and raise awareness. There are plenty of ways to help - here are some to get you started:

Text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 Donation to the Red Cross.
Text "JAPAN" to 50555 to make $10 Donation to Global Giving.
Text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to The Salvation Army.

Crowdrise.com also launched their own Hope for Japan project that has already raised over $10,000. If you'd like to donate, please visit the project.

ShelterBox is offering aid in the forms of shelter, smiles, warmth/protection, and so much more. You can make a donation to help put these boxes together and send them out.

I know there are PLENTY more ways to help, but I thought these were great ways to get started. Please share your thoughts, prayers, and ways to help in the comments. Thank you!

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