As reports continue to come out of the region, the need to restore faith and hope appears greater and greater. In light of the current series of events, we as a community can do several things to help:
1) First and foremost, prayer is always a source of strength for those impacted by, responding to, and preparing for response to the Japanese Tsunami and Earthquake.
2) Though this may be more difficult and probably should be left for the professional organizations, you as a community can organize a team to respond. This should be a team with first aid providers and supplies, non-perishable food items, toiletries, and your own food and water. The lesser burden you place on the local services, the better.
3) Organize donation center in your community. Some helpful tips when coordinating donations – the less “JUNK” you accept, the more helpful your donation is to those affected by the disaster. Some important items to collect will include the following canned and dry foods, paper plates, plastic utensils, clean socks, diapers, toiletries and personal care items, sanitizing wipes and cleaning items. When collecting donations, have a plan for getting the items to the area. This process can be a major headache or can go smoothly if you take some planned actions.
4) Most importantly, they need your help financially to begin to provide relief and response activities. You can donate directly to the Red Cross or simply Text REDCROSS to 90999 to Give $10
As our friends in Japan are faced with this devastation, let’s do our part to restore hope and faith in not just us as a nation, but more importantly us as a people.
“Each of us as human beings has a responsibility to reach out to help our brothers and sisters affected by disasters. One day it may be us or our loved ones needing someone to reach out and help.” Michael W. Hawkins, American Red Cross