I don’t think I need to say anything about the events in Japan; I’m sure we all feel the same. It’s simply heartbreaking to watch so many people, who are just the same as you and me, suffering unimaginable grief, terror and hardship. I can’t fathom it.
I know it can be easy to think that there’s not a lot we can do as individuals to help, but I’m of the belief that doing something is better than doing nothing, no matter how small.
There is this amazing movement going on around the blogosphere: go here to read about it, and then go here to donate. You won’t be putting money into a general fund, but rather giving it to a specific charity providing a specific, and much needed service, which I personally always prefer to do, as your money is more likely to get to the people who need it (trust me, I’m a fundraiser!). The charity you’ll be donating to is called ShelterBox, they are already on the ground in Japan, and they’re providing boxes filled with necessary equipment to support and shelter families in disaster zones. As a professional fundraiser used to being incredibly cynical and poring through charity’s accounts to ensure proper practices, I can assure you that they are a bonafide charity doing legitimate, good work, and almost 100% of your donations will go directly towards helping the people who need support in Japan right now. I hope many of you will decide to participate, in whatever way you can, even if it’s just posting about it on your blog. Thank you.