It has been just over a week since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but it feels like it’s been a month. So much has happened. Every time I turn on the television, I am reminded of the loss so many of the Japanese people are dealing with right now and my heart breaks a little more, and a little more. It has been stunning to watch how the Japanese have handled this catastrophe. Calm and collected, as always, they have shown the world that it is possible to get through hardship without making things worse with greed and violent behavior. By showing compassion to others and taking things in stride, they have been a wonderful example to the rest of us. It’s beautiful to see such grace in the midst of something that might otherwise have very little silver lining.
While most of us cannot be side by side with the people of Japan who need the most help, we can provide for them through the charities and organizations listed below. If you haven’t already taken a moment to donate, please do. In no more than 5 minutes you can help more than you can imagine. So, spread a little red pepper hummus on some whole grain bread and top it with fresh baby spinach leaves, have a seat at your computer, and find out how you can help.
If there are more links I should add to the list, please include them in the comment section and I will update the list as often as possible.