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As you all know I have my daily reads...some do newspapers, I do blogs. Today as I was visiting my favorites, things were different. Instead of the blogs about weddings and love, babies and crafts, food and desserts- the blogs I visited were about one thing: the crisis in Japan.
By now I would think it's safe to say everyone has heard of the absolutely devastating happenings over seas. The phenomenal earthquakes which created tsunamis, which then left thousands homeless and stranded for days without food, water, safety, electricity, medical attention, and who knows what else leaves me speechless- Here i am, in my home, on the internet, with my cats and a bottle of water- Zero water at that-right next to me just blogging about what's happened. I have no clue what it's like over there right now- I couldn't even begin to imagine.
Today I heard on the news about a little 4 month old baby that had been ripped from his/her parents arms because of the rushing waters..and today, 4 days later, a rescue team heard his/her cries from underneath a pile of wreckage- the team thought they were going crazy and shrugged off the possibility of a baby being anywhere around where they were. They continued to hear the cries and sure enough after a quick search found him/her! This little baby was safe and relatively healthy somehow. So, to me- that shows there is hope.
We've seen the footage and we've seen the terrifying pictures. 2,000 are said to be dead with an astonishing 9,000 missing. Those numbers are ridiculous. I just can't fathom. 2,000...that was the population of my entire high school when I graduated nearly 10 years ago. Now imagine that whole high school dead within days. Right. As the days continue, because they will- survivors are trying to pick up what pieces they can. Some try and return to their homes, some try and reunite with loved ones- but the reality of what's happened is still there. These people need help.
So this is where WE come in. The incredibly wonderful people at Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged have teamed up to launch For Japan with Love. Here you can find out exactly what you can do to help, whether it be donating much needed money to their organization they hand-picked to use: ShelterBox...or if you're a blogger- writing your own blog on this very matter and helping to spread the word, news, reality and awareness of just exactly what's going on right next door (and participating in the Blogger's Day of Silence March 18th).
"ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items." -Ever Ours
Thanks to everyone who has helped and who plans to help. Every single little bit whether it be financial help or prayer- HELPS! So, please do what you can and keep it up. If you're a fellow blogger, please spread the word. Thanks guys.