Friday, March 18, 2011

For Japan With Love

I can't imagine what the people of Japan and beyond are experiencing in wake of the devastating and destructive earthquake and tsunami that hit there recently, but I want to reach out and help.  I've discovered a wonderful opportunity to help provide provide for families.  I read about it on Tara Whitney's blog and had to share it here.

Bloggers from utterly engaged & ever ours have organized a huge fundraising effort for bloggers and blog readers to help raise money for the victims in Japan via ShelterBox.  They've raised over $47,000 so far and the number is climbing!  I'd love to see the number reach past $50,000.

Here are details about this fundraiser from the Shelterbox donation page:

We've all seen the images and videos rolling in of the devastation from the Japan earthquake and tsunamis. While aftershocks and tsunami scares are still happening days later, the nation is in for a long long road of recovery. So far, the death toll is estimated to be 2,800. In just one town, 9,500 are missing. Not only do the survivors have to suffer the loss of loved ones, but as temperatures fall, electricity, water and food are now scarce to none. Many have tried to go back to their homes and to start picking up the pieces, only to find the tsunamis have plowed their homes down and there is literally nothing for them to come home to. Convenience stores have lines hours long and a limit of 10 items to each person. The second crisis has only begun and so many are left helpless.
We are not ones to sit and do nothing. While as much as we'd like to hop on a plane and fly there to help with the search and rescue, the immediate need for help for those in Japan is the dire need for shelter. This fundraising page is specifically geared to help with that. Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours have handpicked ShelterBox as the organization to donate to.
ShelterBox provide 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. A whole box costs $1,000 (US), so we're hoping to raise enough to send 5 boxes.
Please join us. We know it won't save the nation, but we strongly believe every bit little helps. Whatever you can contribute, we truly appreciate.

If you'd like to donate, please click on this link to For Japan With Love or ShelterBox.

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