A few weeks ago, Japan suffered two of the most devastating natural disasters known to man ~ first the earthquake and then the tsunami ~ and now they’re dealing with the resultant damage to their nuclear power plants, as well as their infrastructure. And I haven’t even mentioned the emotional, spiritual and financial toll that it has taken on the Japanese people as well as the foreigners who are living there.
Two of my high school friends, who are stationed in Japan with the United States military, have provided a group of us with daily updates on conditions in Japan and I can tell you, it’s heartbreaking to read… What’s harder to read/accept is that there are children who are having to live with the loss of everything that they’ve come to depend on.
In an effort to bring some sense of normalcy, stability and comfort to the children of Japan, my friend, Christie Cowin, and her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop (Zama Girl Scouts) along with several other members of the Camp Zama community are putting together Backpacks of Comfort for the children of Japan. These backpacks are serving as carryalls for children who have lost everything. To create a backpack, all you have to do is put comfort items in the backpacks such as small blankets, toys, books, sanitary supplies and other items that children who’ve been made homeless may need.
There are several ways you can help: create backpacks, send supplies for the backpacks or make a monetary donation. No amount is too small…
For more information:
Website: Backpacks for Japan, Kids Helping Kids
Facebook: Backpacks for Children of Japan
Disclosure: This charitable action is nonprofit and all monetary donations, supplies, etc will be given directly to children in Japan who have need.