We are all aware of the tragedy that has been unfolding in Japan these past days. The images are just heart wrenching. One can only begin to imagine the fear and angst all of those hundreds of thousands of people have been feeling. Every time we turn on the news the toll of these double tragedies becomes more apparent. There are so many stories of whole towns just washed away. There are thousands of casualties, thousands missing and unaccounted for, and people in dire need of evacuation. The man peddling through the debris looking for his wife, just breaks my heart. Parents looking for their children, so many people looking for loved ones, those in shock and disbelief of the sheer power of nature. As we watch and listen to the news from the comfort of our homes, it is heartbreaking for all of us but it is utter hell for those going through it.
If the 8.9 earthquake and 30 meter Tsunami waves weren’t devastating and terrifying enough, the people of Japan are now under the threat of the worst nuclear disaster in human history. Through all of this tragedy the constant reports you hear are of the admirable composure of the people. The people that are queuing for food, water, gasoline and evacuation patiently await their turn. There is no looting, there are no outbursts nor uproar when they run out of supplies, they continue to quietly and patiently wait. The Japanese have an ingrained grand sense of community. You hear reports of food running low and yet perfect strangers share the little they have with one another. Let us all take sample from this admirable giving community and extend our hands to help.
Below are but a few ways we can help the people of Japan. There are plenty of non-profit agencies taking donations. You can also give as little as $5 (Or donate any amount to any participating nonprofit via Paypal) or donate by sending a TXT/SMS message to several of these agencies. Please check with your local agencies to find ways of donating and helping. If you cannot help with a monetary donation then help by letting the people of Japan know your thoughts and prayers are with them.
My heart, thoughts, and best wishes go out to you the people of Japan. May better days be ahead in the near future.
How You can Help Japan:
–American Red Crossor Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.
–iTunes Store Donate to the American Red Cross via iTunes Store
–Global Giving, Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Relief Fund
–The Salvation Army (North America), text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make $10 donation.
–Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders, MSF Response to Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
These are but a few of the survivors that will need our help. (photos are from various media sources)
To find a person or offer information about a person : Google Person Finder, http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en