Yesterday we posted on Facebook and Twitter information about donating to the relief efforts in Japan through Samaritan's Purse. Today we're letting you know another way to contribute as well. Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours have put together a remarkable fundraising campaign called For Japan With Love to raise awareness and funds to help those affect by the devastation in Japan.
You can contribute in 2 ways. If you're a blogger, join with other bloggers around the world as we participate in a day of silence tomorrow, Friday, March 18. (More info here.) The second way you can help is to contribute to Shelter Box USA. Thus far, the For Japan With Love campaign has far exceeded the initial fundraising goal - but that doesn't mean that, together, we can't do better.
Ask yourself this: "How would I feel if one day all I knew - my home, my job, my family, my friends, every possession I own, everything I've ever had was gone? What would I do if basic necessesities like clean water, food, medical supplies, a place to sleep - were gone?"
What would you do, and where would you go? Who would you turn to? What happens when the only thing you have left is your life? For many, they are even less fortunate than that.
No matter what you donate and no matter where you donate, please donate somewhere. Think of how many impulse or non-essential purchases you bought today, this week. Even if you think you can't donate a lot - if everyone donated at least the amount of money they spend on conveniences like $4 coffee and a pack of gum - things that seemingly don't amount to much - think how much that would be. If everyone in your office donated even just five dollars...and then the office next door did that...and the one next to that...think how much that could be. Think of how many lives will be helped by that money.
Oftentimes it seems the reason people don't give is because they feel guilty that they can't give more. Don't. If everyone gave something, that really would be something. This isn't about ego - it's about helping hurting people.
Just as importantly, if not more - no matter how busy you are or how much money you have, everyone has at least enough time to say, "Please, God - bless the people in Japan. Assist the people working in the relief efforts. Bring healing to Japan."