Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Reaching Out..

I can't believe it's been a week since the quake and tsunami hit Japan... I think I've kind of been a little overwhelmed by it all. I feel like I've been in a fog, trying to process the images on my television screen, the words on the radio. My heart is heavy. Many of you don't know this, but back in 1987, 1988 I lived in Northern Japan. I lived in the coastal cities of Akita, Aomori, Sakata... and Sendai.

Sendai was especially hit hard by the tsunami last week. The damage and loss of lives is devastating to me. The country of Japan, it's beautiful culture, and it's gracious people are very real and very dear to my heart.

I know that like me, many of you may be looking for a way to help those in need. Here are some ideas I've come across:

* The Japanese Red Cross, Unicef, Save the Children, and International Medical Corps have set up a special designation for disaster relief efforts in Japan. To donate, click here. I donated to the Japanese Red Cross. Don't shy away from the dollar to yen conversion, they'll give you an example~ super easy!

* If you are local (Sacramento/Vacaville, California area) and feeling crafty, there's a great little grassroots group of women called "Binky Patrol" who are making quilts for the children of Japan. Northern Japan is extremely cold this time of the year, this I know! I love the idea of sending quilted hugs to these beautiful children who are experiencing a huge transition in their lives right now.

There are two project days planned in Vacaville~ March 23rd and March 27th. This group of women is amazing. When Katrina hit, they sent about 350 quilts. That's a lot of stitchin'! They say "Many hands make light work" so if you would like more information on these project days, or info on how to donate supplies (fabric, batting, etc.), please leave your email address in the comments section and I'll email more information to you.

* Last, but not least... please say a prayer today. God doesn't have a website or a link, but I believe He'll receive your message without fail.



suzitee said...

It really has been a terrible year so far in terms of natural disasters, hasn't it? Makes me wonder (and worry) what will happen next :(

Tracey said...

I am in a haze as well, when I watch those images I can't help but cry.
I say a prayer every day because I know it will help, even if only in a small way.
Love & Hugs to you
Love me :-)

Claudia said...

We must do what we can to help the people of Japan.

And I do believe in the power of healing thoughts - if we all send them, imagine what might happen!


Sassy Marsha said...

My brother still lives in Japan, outside of Tokyo. He's been there for close to 40 years. He was teaching class on the third floor of his building when the quake hit.

He had a very long walk home but thankfully his wife, two girls and grandson are safe.

A terrible tragedy.

Kim said...

I've been saying prayers for them Jill- it breaks my heart.