The images and stories coming out of Japan are heartbreaking. The devastation caused by the tsunami, earthquakes and subsequent aftermath has disrupted and destroyed thousands of lives. At this time, numerous governments from around the world have mobilized to assist the Japanese in search, rescue and recovery operations.
It’s important to remember that even half a world a way, each person can do their part to assist. After seeing the worst of devastation the best in humanity can emerge. There is a good list of the top 7 Simple Ways to Assist Japan. I would like to add a few more:
- DONATE – The Red Cross is already at the epicenter of the earthquake, setting up shelters, assisting in search and rescue efforts, and most importantly, providing comfort to the Japanese. Simply text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 and a $10 donation will be added to your monthly bill. If you want to donate more, simply visit the American Red Cross website.
- COMFORT – If you know someone who is Japanese, has been to Japan, appreciates the Japanese culture, or is just saddened by the news, remember to reach out to them. Talk and provide support. Remember to be kind and grateful for the people in your life.
- FOLD A CRANE – Origami cranes have come to symbolize goodwill, peace and healing in Japan. There are stories and legends about paper cranes and the promise of recovery and prosperity a gift of 1,000 cranes may bring to a recipient. Fold a crane, teach others to do the same and string them together. Put them on display.
Search and rescue volunteers have reported victims bowing to their rescuers as a sign of deep gratitude for their service. May the grace, humility and resilience of the Japanese people be a lesson for everyone in the world.