Like many of us, I’ve been glued to the news about Japan this week as it struggles through the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami and deals with a looming nuclear crisis. One of the aspects of the disaster that’s been hard for me to even think about has been how horrible it must be as a parent to be unable to protect your children. I want desperately to be able to help them. And while there’s nothing we can do now about what happened on the day of the earthquake, the crisis is ongoing, and there are ways we can help the people of Japan now. One of the biggest ongoing problems is lack of access to clean water and food. To help, Brooklyn Supper will be taking part in For Japan with Love, a bloggers’ day of silence to raise funds for ShelterBox, which provides emergency supplies to disaster areas.
ShelterBox sends boxes to disaster areas that typically include a family-sized tent,blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other necessary items. This sort of equipment is vital as families pick up the pieces and move ahead. Even in an advanced economy like Japan, basic necessities can be hard to come by after a disaster. If you’d like to help, we encourage all of you to give as well.