In other parts of the world we can sit quietly and watch news re-runs and sympathize with Japan, but without being there it's difficult to digest the full spectrum of devastation they are enduring. My heart is with them as they continue to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami, and now the possibility of nuclear meltdowns. These images are heartbreaking and incomprehensible.
The Japanese may live half a world away, but we are all part of one world and one family. I am relieved to see that many countries have quickly banded together to bring aid to Japan, and I am hopeful that they will continue to do so. It will take time, a lot of time, to recover from the damages.
My thoughts are with everyone who is there, who has family there, who is hurt, who is hungry, who is scared, who is brave. I love you, Japan.
Ways we can help are by texting "QUAKE" or "JAPAN" to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army. Or by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross. These charges will be added directly to your cell phone bill and donated to these organizations. You can verify this on their websites:
Let's continue to keep Japan in our hearts as the days pass and not forget about them.