Japan is not in the clear for further disaster. The nuclear reactors are still not stable. According to a CNN post 3/14, a second blast happened, reactor 3 building exploded. This disaster is ongoing and could get worse. Now is really the time to step up and help! They may need even more help, but God willing, the scientists and workers can get the nuclear plants under control. Prayers, good thoughs and wishes, crossed fingers, I ask anything of you to help wish the reactors to cool and stabilize. Keep this country and it's people in your thoughts in this unstable time!
I used to go to Japan every year. Best hiking I could find in all the world. I love this country, and I want it back up and rebuilt and the people provided with disaster relief. My Japanese friends are fine, thank God. But so many are not. Really dig deep on this one. The beauty lost so far is devastating, let's really crowdrise on this one!
My friend in Japan sent me this video. It's in Japanese, but it can't help but make you want to help. Seeing the buildings fall like dominoes is gutwrenching.
Just a personal story... I have a friend who is taking on a personal crusade to provide supplies to the Japanese affected by this disaster. He lives in Japan, has partnered with a local discount food store in his town and they have 3 days to get the food and supplies on the government trucks directly to those who need it. The roads are shut down so the only way to do it NOW is through the government trucks. He is collecting money personally and organizing this personally. I have amazing and courageous friends! If I were in Japan right now, I'd ask to be in the passenger side of the truck! LOL! Talk about providing help when it's needed to who needs it. Way to go, friend! I have since joined his team. We're working round the clock. And this new news of a second blast puts our work at a standstill as the drop shipment may not be allowed. 3/15 Our drop shipment has been disallowed by the government. We must go through them or another approved agency. This throws a big, disappointing wrench into our plans. Will keep you posted.
3/16 After being denied by the Japanese military our plan to drop goods to the site, and much debating on what to do with the goods, we came up with a plan that worked. A local church agreed to use their truck and drive the goods over to the closest drop point officials would allow. So today is a good day in that my crowdrise fundraising goal was reached and my team in Japan finally got our hard work done in Japan. A truckload of goods to the site and $250 to the Red Cross!! You are awesome, crowdrisers, and my friends in Japan are awesome! Our team can finally get some sleep after all the work and planning we had to do round the clock! Thanks friends!
3/21 So our team's truck of $2000 worth of goods made the perilous journey to the drop site. And now they've decided to do it again. This time we have $4000 worth of goods to deliver! We're out of money, but each of us has decided to give up something to raise more money for yet another delivery later on. I gave up Starbucks. I must say it's my courageous friends doing most of the work. Since I'm in the US, I just maintain the blog, collect donations, maintain the account... computer work. But my friends are beyond words. Now my buddy is building (literally with his two hands) shelters for people who lost their homes. If he wasn't old enough to be my dad, I'd ask to marry him! LOL! Muah! Big kisses and hugs to my wonderful friends!
Big shoutout to the anonymous donors!