Because we (Doug and I and also people on the base) just don't have the means to distribute these things to where they'll do the most good.
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But that isn't as satisfying. I realize that. It seems so impersonal.
So, like I said, I've been thinking. (A dangerous pass-time, I know...)
How can I help you help Japan?
Unfortunately, the "Paper Crane" project is finished. (They received over one million cranes and doubled their donation--contributing $400,000 to Sendai relief!)
Operation Backpack is still going strong, but will not be accepting donations in a few more weeks.
So what else can you do?
Here's what I was thinking. I know donating money isn't very fun, but maybe this would make it a little more...personal.
How about holding a Rummage Sale or Bake Sale with your friends or church group...
Or better yet, a Gourmet Dessert Auction! (Ummmm....dessssseeeerrrrrtttt....!)
See how much money you can raise.
Write a check to the Red Cross.
Send the check to me.
I'll hand deliver it to the Red Cross people here on base. And take a picture doing it. And post it here. So you'll see your money being physically delivered to the precise area it is needed. Here in Japan.
Maybe that sounds a little anti-climatic. But consider this:
You could have a fund raiser, buy a bunch of supplies, ship them here and then find out...
...that the needs have changed.
...that the shipping was terribly expensive.
...that the Red Cross could have gotten four times as many supplies buying in bulk, with the same amount of money...
See why a check is more practical?
Anyway, just a thought. If you're interested, you've got exactly 8 weeks to get a check to me. (Not made out to me...just delivered to me.)
(Of course, if you can't deliver within 8 weeks, which is when I'm moving, I'll just hook you up with a local friend. Um...Lyana...?)
It's the best idea I can come up with using my limited brain power. (The part that hasn't been addled by repeated Nerf gun assaults and diaper fumes.)
Let me know if you want to do it. Or if you have a better idea. I'm open to suggestions! Leave a comment or drop me an e-mail!
And again, thank you for your help and concern!