I’ve been trying to write something, anything, since Friday. I’ve hit snags like this and it usually means that my brain is noodling on a serious topic.. I usually ponder the topic for a few days, make a few half-hearted attempts to write, then give up and write about something else, anything else but….that icky topic.
After several false starts, and several deleted drafts, I realized that I simply couldn’t stay quiet what was happening out in the world. The devastation in Japan is just too huge, and seeing a picture of a boat balanced precariously atop a two-story home was just horrible, it solidified how wrong everything is there. Everything that I’d reminisce about, or joke about seems so trivial and luxurious.
So, I’m making a plea. Yeah, I know I have a readership in the millions (hah), and am super influential (snicker) but if I can get even one more person to make a donation of time, money, or belongings, great! So please help the people of Japan by making a donation to the charity of your choice.
If you aren’t sure who to donate to, I’ve attached a few links to help get you started. If I’m going to ask, I have to be helpful right? There are lots of organizations out there who work hard at providing services, who need our support more than ever, especially considering the wonderful state of our economy. This this is in no way a complete list there are just too many to list.
The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief
Text REDCROSS or 90999 to make $10 donation by text message.
International Medical Corps or text MED or 80888 to donate $10
The Salvation Army or text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
If the horrible pictures of entire cities wiped off Japan’s coastlines won’t convince you to fork over your hard-earned dollars, then consider supporting relief efforts elsewhere in the world. Natural disasters take years to recover from. Families are still suffering in our own back yard, living in FEMA trailers in New Orleans and Katrina was 6 years ago. Haiti is far from what could be considered recovered, millions are still homeless, disease is rampant. Devestated people and places shouldn’t be forgotten just because they aren’t the headline de jour.
If sending money isn’t your cup of tea, then support a local food drive, or give time to a shelter. It doesn’t take a lot to make a huge difference to someone who is hurting.