Spread A Little Love :: Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Relief Efforts

You know, the Universe has a really weird way of keeping me in check and reminding me that there are things bigger than me out there in the world.

Case in point, the earthquake in Japan.

What amazes and humbles me is how the people there are dealing with this tragedy. No one is looting or stealing. People don’t cut in line when supplies are being distributed. There have been documented instances when the people in the FRONT of the line would pass their share back to the people in the back. There is great respect for the elderly and an all around sense of “let’s get through this together.”

I am humbled.

In the midst of all this chaos, joy and tiny miracles can still be found.

I don’t have much money. I’m saving for a wedding. I have bills to pay and I help my family financially with what money I do have. I don’t shop excessively and I try to save for a rainy day. Well, here’s the thing. The proverbial “rainy day” has come down in full force upon Japan while I’m lucky enough to be basking in the warmth of the sun.

I wish I had more money to give. I wish there was more I could do. I hit the “like” button on a page that ultimately met it’s goal of 100,000 “likes”. This same page then sent $100,000 so that search dogs could be sent to Japan to help search the amongst the rubble while doing what they do best.

That didn’t cost me a penny and I was able to contribute in that sense. That felt great.

So did texting “REDCROSS” to 90999. By doing so, I donated $10 to the Red Cross and helped in my small way. If I, a bride scrambling frantically along with her fiance to PAY FOR OUR WEDDING OURSELVES, can scrape up enough change to make ten bucks, that just goes to show how it’s not that hard, you know? I found 5 dollars and something in change languishing in the bottom of some of my purses. Ta da!!! Half way there!

Another great way to contribute is the Japan America Society of Southern California.

If a straight up donation just isn’t your style, check out what the LA Weekly blog dished up.

That’s right. If you want to fill your stomachs for a good cause, check out Takami Sushi. 100% of their profits will go towards helping the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.

image courtest of blogs dot laweekly dot com
* drool *

Wow. I’m dragging Clyde there because this is a meal I can stand behind! Calories be damned!!! It’s for a good cause AND fish is good for you! Winner winner SUSHI DINNER!!

March 21st is a special day! LA Weekly is reporting “The Innovative Dining Group (IDG) family of restaurants will donate 25% of proceeds on March 21st to the American Red Cross and their Japan relief efforts. This includes lunch and dinner at BOA Steakhouse, Sushi Roku, Katana, Robata Bar and Delphine in Los Angeles.”

Maybe I’ll take Clyde out to celebrate finishing his 2nd LA Marathon at one of these places for lunch!

If a mixer party in Los Angeles is more to your liking, APEX is putting on a fundraiser to help raise money for the relief efforts. Yes, you need to be signed in to Facebook to see the details. If you’re not signed in, the mixer is this Sunday, March 20th, at the Wokcano in Santa Monica from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

I didn’t forget about the animals. There’s a very touching story on Yahoo about a dog who keeps watch over its fallen friend. There’s a link on the article that shows you how you can help the animals. There’s an address at the end of the article and a list of the supplies they desperately need to help the animals in Japan.

Every little bit helps, whether it’s a monetary donation or your prayers. Thank you for reading.

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