March 15, 2011

Pray for Japan and Donate

Everyone has probably mentioned this by now, but if you aren't in the know, Japan was hit by it's largest earthquake ever, recording in at 8.9 magnitude, and thus resulting in horrible tsunamis to follow (the news lists 10 meter high tsunamis hitting Japan on its northeastern coast). Aftershocks are continuous, nuclear plants are in trouble, and to make matters worse, another earthquake occurred today in Shizuoka Prefecture at about 6 in magnitude. 

I used to live in Japan, and this news is very hard to listen to while not being able to do anything. I have both friends and loved ones that are living in Japan right now. As much as I want to jump on the next flight to Japan and help, I am untrained and unqualified for the work that is needed. Instead, I have decided to donate money to try and help the cause. Anything is better than nothing. Please, if you can, help Japan and make a donation. Here are some links you can follow to make a donation:

Convoy of Hope or text TSUNAMI to 50555 to donate $10 to Convoy of Hope's Disaster Response efforts.

Global Giving

World Vision  or text "4JAPAN" or "4TSUNAMI" to 20222 to donate $10.

 - "Thousand Origami Cranes (千羽鶴, Senbazuru) is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true." <Wikipedia>

All my prayers go out to Japan, in hopes that even with these hard times, they will be able to overcome the difficult obstacles ahead, and recover from this disaster.

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