• Salvation Army, Doctors Without Borders, Blue Sky and American Red Cross – Ways to Help in the Japanese Recovery Effort

    March 14, 2011 5:51 pm 16 comments
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    Pat Heinkel

    As the situation in Japan grows more dire, it is time for us to step up and find a way to help. Western governments have been contributing but with our economies in shambles, it is definitely up to the individuals in these nations to contribute in the name of humanity and good.

    Sure, there are political differences. Some people may not like Salvation Army because they have stood against gay marriages. Some people on this very site and many others may claim that God is unleashing wrath and fury. To you people, get over yourself.

    Whatever is going on here, people are suffering. This is not a time for petty squabbling or name calling, but rather a time to unify to help people through one of the greatest disasters in our lifetime. Thousands are missing. 300,000 people in Japan are without homes. Countless children are wandering the streets and some children are being picked up from rubble, and let’s hope as successfully as this one beautiful moment that was taken from a sea of chaos and sadness.

    Not every story in Japan ends as this though:  it was a true special moment in an endless field fo rough.  If humanity is to advance and we are to ever reach new potential, these are the hallmark situations that will define our hope and ability.

    I would like to make a call, a challenge, to everyone who has said one unkind thing about Japan to show some compassion.  Is that still a good quality and trait of America?

    Republicans proudly march around under the guise of morality, but the second something like this hits do we really have the audacity to say we have no obligation to help these people?

    There is a time for philisophical diatribes and partisan bickering:  what this is all about is a plea to whatever conscience and compassion you may have.  It is a plee to emotion and yes, I’m using emotional pleas to make a case for the people of Japan.

    There are big funders and big pockets that daily read this site and others like it.  Have you helped?  There are countless people in America with perfectly good blood?  Can you donate your blood to be shipped to those in need in Japan.

    Just like you, the people in Japan have needs.  There is so much more we can be doing for Japan and time is of the essence.  Give food, give money and give blood.  Give information to those around you.  This is now a global recovery effort.  Japan’s economy will be set back $180 billion and this disaster is grievous.  This will sting Japan for years to come and we still have the Fukushima nuclear reactor within the nation not under control.  Things can get worse and we need to help these people now.

    If you have not contributed to Japan, click one of the following links.  It is you and you alone who can help.  Don’t worry about what others are doing.  If you can give, do it.  There is no reason to not help those in need.  Help them.

    My family has donated to American Red Cross.  What will you do?

    Research and find a way to help.  Bless you for anything you do, especially spreading news to your friends and family on how they can also help people in Japan.

    Keep in mind, opportunists will try to be vultures and are not beyond setting up fake charities.  So research and stick to helping official charities with established following, so resources can immediately get to Japan.

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    Pat Heinkel Pat Heinkel is the senior church organist for Shellington Pres., where he also proudly serves as a volunteer firefighter, distinguished lecturer and has the town's (maybe region!) largest collection of Coleoptera. Email Pat

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