The devastation in Japan since the earthquake has been overwhelming - Shelterbox USA is there to help. That's why bloggers from all over the web are joining in a day of silence for Japan.
We all want to help, and we've all come to learn that even a small effort can make a big difference. That is why I'm joining in a day of silence For Japan With Love. The point of this day of silence is to raise awareness for ShelterBox, a fabulous non-profit with an innovative idea of distributing "Shelter Boxes" to crisis areas.
And remember: You don't need to donate money to help! If you can't donate yourself - please retweet/facebook this blogpost in hopes that someone who can donate will see it. Learn more about this project...
ShelterBox USA. I did my research and Shelter Box has the same CharityNavigator.org rating as Red Cross. Actually Shelter Box is 2 points higher. So if you want to donate, you can feel good about your donation.
The Shelter Boxes are like survival picnic baskets of sorts equipped with shelter (modern tent), a wood-burning stove, blankets, tools, even coloring books and crayons for the kids - and more. They allow families in need to feel more self-sufficient until they can get their lives back. Certainly an effort I can get behind.
Really, I am so impressed by the Shelter Box company. Visit their site and check out all that they do. The #ForJapanWithLove donation pages is here.
At 9am today the fabulous folks who organized this day of silence have raised $28,000+ .. lets see how high we can get that number.
From the official donation page: "ShelterBox provide 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. A whole box costs $1,000 (US), so we're hoping to raise enough to send 5 boxes."
And a big thank you to Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours blogs for organizing this day - which has been recognized in numerous media outlets now including Martha Stewart Weddings.
And again - even if you can't donate yourself - please retweet and facebook this blogpost in hopes that someone who can donate will see it.
The day of blogging silence is so that we can all talk about Japan. Just as one of my blog goals is to try and bring a voice to animals in need who have none - right now Japan is crippled and voiceless as well. A voice is a powerful thing.