Happy Friday, Wintersville.
As I am sure most of you know, an earthquake and then a tsunami hit the country of Japan one week ago today.
In the wake of yet another tragedy in such a short period of time, this definitely makes us take a step back and remember who is really in charge here.
A lot of us are left in disbelief and have many questions as to how these types of natural disasters occur. Many of us feel helpless, but we thank God for the hand that we have been dealt.
Isn't it a sad story that it takes a disaster such as this to be reminded of how lucky we are? In a society where there is so much negativity, complaining and always that feeling of wanting more, there are sometimes when we just need to be happy with what we have. Like I have said before, there is always something worse or someone who is less well off than we are. But the sad truth is that we don't see it that way until something over the top comes around and we are forced to believe.
Let's just all try to step back and be thankful - thankful for who we are and where we are. Let's also say our prayers for those who have been affected by this horrible disaster, and let's play our part to help. Whether it be big or small, the people of Japan can use all the help they can get. Many organizations from across the world have already begun assembling in the country to put forth their best humanitarian efforts. The following organizations are looking for monetary donations to support their efforts:
American Red Cross: Emergency operation centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help.
Global Giving: A fund has been established to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services.
Save the Children: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter.
Salvation Army: The organization has been in Japan since 1985 and is providing emergency assistance to those in need.
Americares: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region.
Convoy of Hope: disaster response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and area where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance.
International Medical Corps: This group is putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and is in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate activities.
Shelter Box: The first team is mobilizing to head to Japan and begin the response effort.
Visit these sites online and find the details to help out.
And remember to be thankful for what you have. Think of every day as a blessing, because it is not a given right.
Have a great weekend!
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