Friday, March 11, 2011

Thinking of Japan & Hawaii (and ways to help)


I left for work too early this morning to know about the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan and then Hawaii, and only found out once I checked my twitter feed on my break, now that I've read the news that's pretty much all I can think of today. After checking up on a few friends, I know they're OK (thank you Facebook!), but I know they have friends they haven't heard from yet. Frankly, it seems wrong to go on blogging as usual like nothing happened. I've been checking on NPR and the Red Cross to see if they've set up any disaster relief, but haven't found anything yet. Either way, the Red Cross is a worthy cause to donate to, disaster or no. My thoughts are with Japan today and hope that if you or your loved ones are in any of the locations effected, that you all are out of harms way.

Update: there is now an option to donate directly to the Japan relief fund on the Red Cross website, to donate go here. You can also donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999.


(Photos from my 2004 study abroad in Niigata)

23 comments:

Em-Jae said...

What beautiful pictures -- it makes my heart ache.

It looks like the American Red Cross has set up a disaster relief fund for Japan:
http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main&s_src=RSG000000000&s_subsrc=RCO_Donate_OnlineGiving

Orchid Grey said...

thank you Em-Jae for the updated link!

Steffy's Pro's and Con's said...

beautiful pictures. i'm praying for japan today as well =(


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Kyrie said...

you can donate $10 to the Red Cross via text too. text REDCROSS to 90999.

Orchid Grey said...

Thanks Kyrie, I'll add that!

Diana, Songs and Fairy Tales said...

Totally agree with you! I couldn't do an outfit post today either. As much as I love thinking about clothes and remixes and all the stuff, sometimes there are other things more important than this. It just seemed so wrong to take my pictures when some people I've met last year haven't heard from their friends and relatives...

Hilary Grace said...

Thanks for sharing the link.

Raindrops on Rosy said...

Hi OJ, I too left work to early to see this horrible news. I sent out a prayer request to my work email contacts but i didnt know about the red cross donation, I'll send an updated one with this information! Thanks for this, my prayers go out to everyone...here in Oregon we're expecting one...I live about an hour away from the cost, but we still dont think it will be nearly as bad as Japan and Hawaii...so heart breaking:(

Y. said...

Thank you for posting this. A dear friend of mine, who is originally from Hawaii, is currently working in Japan in Niigata. I can only begin to imagine how terrible it must be. And now the earthquakes are shaking that part of Japan as well.

Please keep Japan and other affected territories in your thoughts, everyone.

Krystal said...

I've been glued to the TV all day, it' been so sad :(

Rio said...

So scary and sad:(. We had about $14 million in damages at our harbor here in Santa Cruz from the tsunami, but clearly nothing like Japan. My thoughts are with them.

Kelyn Joy said...

I just found this through another blog and thought I'd share (since you mentioned you have friends who haven't found other friends):

http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en

Google has created a person-finder tool to help those looking for friends and family. Really neat application and very smart thinking on Google's part.

May said...

There's also this org to donate to.

http://www.musicforrelief.org/profiles/blogs/89-earthquake-strikes-japan

Please spread the word to save victims in Japan!!!!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

I'm kind of with you... I too have lots of friends and acquaintances in Japan... and it has been a terrible disaster and my thoughts are with them.

Does Japan need our help more than other places in the world though? There have been terrible disasters all over the world lately, and Japan by dint of wealth and preparation is not as vulnerable as many of them...

NodToStyle said...

i watched the tsunami live last night and could barely sleep it was so shocking. i agree, it just seems weird to go on blogging as usual today...

Lara said...

Japan is such a beautiful country and I have a few friends that live there. Luckily, they are OK but like your friends, they have people they know that are still question marks. Its very sad to see images of the beauty that was destroyed by such powerful forces of nature.

Lexie, Little Boat said...

i *finally* got word from my study abroad friend (she came to the US for two years when we were in middle school :)) who lives in tokyo that she is ok! i am so incredibly relieved, but still deeply saddened by this disaster.

lauraa said...

Its all I've been thinking of too. But the news recently has just been so upsetting. So many things have been going on and there are so many people who are in such desperate situations. I've done a little post about this too. It just gives you a bit of a kick up the backside.
xxx

Orchid Grey said...

Emily, while I agree that Japan isn't the only place in the world that needs assistance, this disaster has been devastating. I think- especially in the wake of a natural disaster- everyone deserves to be treated equally and that attention should be brought to ways that those of us lucky enough to be unaffected can help. This disaster effected people close to me, that is why I wrote about it. There are also ways to help Hawaii, Santa Cruz, and everywhere else in the world thats in trouble, but right now I'm thinking of my friends in Japan and I'm glad that they're safe.

Amelia said...

thanks for sharing this, i agree that it seems wrong to continue on as if nothing has happened. they're now describing this as the worst thing that has happened to Japan since WWII. my thoughts & prayers are with them

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting in that kind of way...

Margaret said...

Thank you for this wonderful post. My friend's parents live in Fukushima, where the nuke plant explosions are taking place and it's pains me to watch him suffer everyday, worrying...

You have impeccable style, by the way :)

Laurelann said...

I've worked with World Vision in South America before, a reputable and well organized association who have also set up a relief fund. Check it out on their site!

http://one-girl-vs-world.blogspot.com

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