I remember waking up last week and checking my social media outlets. That’s where I first heard. And heard from a friend who’s in grad school in Tokyo. He tweeted while it was happening. An earthquake. A HUGE earthquake. And tsunamis as a result of the earthquakes. There is nothing that I can say about the tragedy that has happened (and continues to unfold) in Japan. There’s nothing I can possibly say that will make things better. Everything seems inconsequential.
I am speechless for Japan.
This Friday, join me and bloggers nationwide for a Bloggers Day of Silence. If you have a blog, simply don’t post on Friday. Take the time to keep the people of Japan in your thoughts.
So tomorrow, instead of blogging or reading a blog, give to Shelterbox.org. ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.
Spend the time you would in writing a blog post, or reading a blog post, to give to Shelterbox.
I was also thinking about how I could possibly do something tangible to help with the disaster relief in Japan. Personally, I know that I often talk about how I would like to help, but I’m slow to act. Well this time, I’m taking action.
I will donate 10% of all wedding packages, portrait sessions, and products that are booked from now through the end of Spring (through 6/20/2011) to help with Japan Disaster Relief through Shelterbox USA. Know of someone who is looking for a wedding photographer or a photographer for a lifestyle session? Let them know that when they book their wedding or their portrait session, they’ll also be helping with Japan Disaster Relief.
If you’d like to make an immediate donation, go to For Japan, With Love.