How You Can Help Japan and Pacific Tsunami Victims

I hadn’t watched the news at all the day the earthquake hit Japan and had no idea it had even happened.  But late that night, my son and I happened to turn on the news and ended up watching live footage from a helicopter flying over as the tsunami wiped out everything in its path.  It was heart-wrenching to know it was happening right then and all we could do was watch.

If, like me, you’re trying to figure out how you can help, experts say donating money is always the best route.  Aid organizations like the Red Cross can determine where and how it can best be used.  The Red Cross website also has a very long list of companies, both online and brick-and-mortar, that are officially accepting donations to the Red Cross.

If you type “Japan Relief” in the search box at Etsy right now, you’ll get back 8159 results.  And that’s just ONE of the various search terms that would probably lead you somewhere that’s donating all or a portion of their sales to help in the relief efforts.

Many crafters tend to want to make something to donate, because the process of creating can be healing.  eQuilter is working with Mission of Love to provide quilts to survivors.  If you’re interested in donating a quilt, please read the posts at the eQuilter blog thoroughly before doing so, as there are several things you’ll need to be aware of.  eQuilter has suggested you contact them rather than Mission of Love, as they are a small group and are currently busy working with an Air Force base to get these quilts in the air.  However, the quilts need to be shipped directly to Mission of Love.

When something terrible happens it’s not a matter of trying to find a way to help, it’s deciding which path to take to do it, because there’s always one available.  When it comes down to it, we’re there for each other, and that makes me proud to be a human.