Thank you to those who have donated in the past few days. While I’m still struggling financially, my family and I were very fortunate to not have the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear situation affect us that much, aside from the trickle-down shortage of supplies.
Not long after the disaster struck, I had a discussion with my wife – she wanted to donate something, anything. I understand her feelings, but things are extremely tight financially and I have to look out for my own family first and foremost. She eventually donated 500 yen – roughly about $5 – the best we could do. She wishes we could do more.
So, the very least I can do is to pass along the generosity. I will use my bank account here in Japan to transfer funds directly to the various organizations set up to provide disaster relief. Also, my wife has been monitoring the blogs of people who are stranded in evacuation centers – people running low on food and basic supplies. We can buy things like non-perishable food items, clothes, baby formula/diapers, etc, and send it on to them directly.
As I said, my family and I were very fortunate to not be affected. But there are a lot of people who have had their lives turned upside down by the earthquake/tsunami. Even the smallest thing can help out in this time.