boxes to ishinomaki, japan project

{photo of Ishinomaki found here}

 

Yesterday was an emotional day.

What I thought would grow to about 20 boxes being sent to Japan yesterday turned into a non-stop, world wide, spiritual experience, as I was flooded with emails all day long.  Everyone sending a box has a story.  Everyone showed such enthusiasm to help, to involve their children, their church, their community.

Here are some updates and highlights of the  Boxes to Ishinomaki Project:

  • Right now, we have 90 114 boxes going to Japan, from all around the world!  (This will only increase since this project is spreading across the web.)
  • This is becoming more and more of a world wide effort, just in one day!  Boxes from Australia, France, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and so on are being sent to Japan.
  • Some of you have reached out through Facebook, your personal blogs, churches, extended family, and communities.  Thank you.
  • Some of you has contacted many local businesses in your town and found willing businesses to donate, like 100 lollipops from a candy shop (when only 10 were asked for), dried fruit from a local grocery store, etc.
  • Some of you have invited the groups you are involved with to help, like a quilting guild in Chicago is donating quilts they have made together and many churches are involving the youth to help put boxes together.
  • Some of you have already shipped your boxes with meaningful things, needful things, and inspiring things, like someone sending their wife's painting that embodies hope.
  • Many of you have included your children in this opportunity to serve and have shared how generous your children have been, in giving away of their abundance. To you children, thank you.
  • Some of you have committed to sending a box although your own family's needs are lacking.  What a selfless act.  Thank you.

 

{photo in Ishinomaki found here.  amidst the chaos, children will still be children.}

While we continue to spread the word for people to send one box each to Japan, let me share with you the response from Sachiko, the school teacher in Ishinomaki, where all of these boxes are going.  When she found out last night how much the world was rallying around her, she said,

"...So many people even I don't know want to help us...  How I can pay you back?  Thank you soooo much for your kindness...  I can not find a words how much I can say [thank you!]. I will make sure these package will go to the people who will need it most...  ARIGATO-! (Which means "thank you" in Japanese)."

Sachiko is planning to take photos of the children in her school and of your packages as they come in.  I thought this would be so meaningful for the people around the world that have helped, to see exactly how it is helping.  So please check the blog frequently to see updates.

{photo in Ishinomaki found here}

The words of this hymn remind me of what so many of you have done.  You've saving the lives and lifting spirits.

 

Have I Done Any Good?

1. Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed indeed. Has anyone’s burden been lighter today Because I was willing to share? Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way? When they needed my help was I there?

[Chorus] Then wake up and do something more Than dream of your mansion above. Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure, A blessing of duty and love.

2. There are chances for work all around just now, Opportunities right in our way. Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,” But go and do something today. ’Tis noble of man to work and to give; Love’s labor has merit alone. Only he who does something helps others to live. To God each good work will be known.

Text and music: Will L. Thompson, 1847–1909, alt.

 

Yes, you have done good in the world.

 

Thank you all for lightening burdens, sharing your bounty, and doing something.  Please check back for more updates.  What an incredible feeling to be linked to each other around the world by giving.  I tear up every time I think of the Buddhist monk (Sachiko's father) when the boxes start arriving by the truck loads!

Lets keep spreading the word.

There is an entire town and school we are  privileged to help!

 

the sleepy time gal