When I was 13, I was sitting at home watching TV when the earth started to shake. Growing up in California, I had experienced plenty of earthquakes, but it didn’t take very long to realize that THIS one was different. It sounded like a train was coming through our living room. The solid marble entry way floor was rippling like it was jello. I was worried that the chandelier by our front door would swing so high that it would fly off. Mom gathered us under a door frame and seconds felt like hours while we watched our house tremble.
We were all safe. Even Dad, who was working in another city that day, was able to get home safely. But the images from that day have never left my mind.
I pictured that day in California (a mere 7.2) when I heard the news of the quake in Japan last week. I can imagine that fear that so many Japanese citizens and people from all over the world living in Japan experienced during the quake. But I cannot imagine what they have been dealing with in the aftermath of the quake. The devastation, the loss, the displacement, the unknown.
Today, I am joining with several of my fellow Social Media Moms to raise donations for Japanese Quake and Tsunami relief efforts, particularly those that are focused on helping the children.
FYI: On 3/15 Save the Children estimated that as many as 100,000 children may have been displaced. The British charity said it was concerned that some of the children affected by the disaster may have also been separated from their families because the earthquake and tsunami struck in mid-afternoon when many children were at school or nursery. Stephen McDonald, who is leading Save the Children’s team in Japan, said the most pressing worries for children living in evacuation centers were lack of water and psychological problems associated with trauma and stress.
Other Ways to Help
Social Media: Post a message for your friends on Facebook or Twitter: I just gave to Save the Children to help survivors of the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan. You can too! https://bit.ly/dPXObV
Show You Care: One of the easiest things to do is get one of our “online bumper stickers”. It’s a banner you can put it on your Facebook profile, blog, website — and anywhere else online you can think of. Get yours today
I hope you will join us.
I’m joined by these fabulous bloggers: itsjessicaslife.com –treerootandtwig.com – Shanamama.com – Techsavvymama.com – thebeedot.com – Thecentsiblelife.com –Betterinbulk.net – adailypinch.com – mommyality.com – www.socialmediamoms.net – parentella.com –ColoradoMoms.com – musingsfromme.com/ – mommasaid.net – skimbacolifestyle.com – anniewear.com –coolandhipiamnot.blogspot.com – simplegreenorganichappy.com – mommybknowsbest.com – ienjoysoup.com –Momtrends.com – feelslikehomeblog.com – Parentella.com – Themorrisbunchblog.com
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I lived in Sendai a number of years ago as a missionary. It is a very special part of the world. Wonderful people live there. Thank you for the invitation to join in on this important cause.
Isn’t that just crazy? I’m from So Cal too, so I’m pretty familiar with strong quakes too, but that tsunami was just insane. I’ve never seen such devastation. I know a lot of focus has been on the radiation, but I think the bigger issue is half a million people with no possessions, no homes, no livelihood, literally nothing but the clothes on their backs. I don’t see how any government in the world can deal with that.