For Japan With Love

March 17th, 2011

My thoughts are with the people and families in Japan. As the images continue to come in and the devastation worsens, my heart goes out to all that have been affected. As a way of honoring the tragedy in Japan, I will be taking part in the Bloggers Day of Silence, tomorrow, March 18th. Along with over 200 bloggers, we will silence our blogs in hopes of taking the day to reflect and revere the disaster in Japan.

The lovely ladies of Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours have joined with ShelterBox to create a fundraising site called For Japan With Love. ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide. If you’d like to donate or would like more information please visit For Japan With Love and ShelterBox. Please donate what you can and encourage others to do the same. Thank you and lot’s of love! xoxo

11 Responses to “For Japan With Love”

  1. Ginger Says:

    Thanks for posting about this. I’ve passed this along on my blog, and will be taking part in the day of silence too.

  2. Rebecca Says:

    I fail to see how this helps anyone in Japan. Why not create something and sell it with some of the profits going towards Japanese relief efforts? Why not offer a comprehensive list of reputable relief organizations for people to donate to?

    I’m sure the people of Japan are very grateful that you are taking a day to reflect and revere their devastation……….

  3. Kathleen Says:

    Rebecca,
    I appreciate your comment but the intent is to raise awareness for a wonderful cause. The bloggers day of silence directs readers to For Japan With Love – a money donation site where 100% of donations go directly to aid the people of Japan and buy Shelter Boxes. The response so far has been ovewhelming and every penny counts.
    Yours,
    Kathleen

  4. Melissa de la Fuente Says:

    This is a lovely gesture, any gesture of kindness, love & solidarity is welcome at this time, I would think. It is sad that others think they need to bring negativity into what others choose to do out of real concern & a feeling of helplessness. All the best to you hun & hope you have a lovely weekend.
    xo
    Melis

  5. Chantale Says:

    Hi Rebecca – Most of the blogs involved have a lot of visitors and traffic. The purpose is thus two-fold – to offer our respect and also to drive traffic to the donation site as written above. So far $30,000 has been raised as a result. http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/utterly-engaged/shelter-box-usa

  6. Melissa Says:

    Rebecca, I could be wrong, but it looks like you may have misunderstood. For Japan with Love is more than just a day of silence, but it allows you to donate to emergency shelters and life saving supplies. Hopefully alot of good comes from this! $30,000 has already been raised!

  7. And Kathleen Says:

    Rebecca,
    This is a fundraiser. Through the blogging community this day of silence is helping to bring awareness to this money-raising effort. Everyone has their own way of coping with this disaster – why don’t you send us a link to your blog where you’ve created something to sell and have included a comprehensive list of relief organizations to donate to?

  8. Michelle - Pocketful of Dreams Says:

    Well done for being a part of this, we can all help in our own way, be it joining into an organised community movement or holding a garage sale and selling things. Every effort is worth something and no-one should be criticised or mocked for trying to help. That is just ridiculous and frankly quite sad.

    The solidarity and response to Japan with Love – Bloggers Day of Silence has been overwhelming. It is really hard to blog about prettiness and weddings and love when this level of devastation is happening in front of us. I for one wholly support the day and am incredibly PROUD that the actions of all these bloggers combined (about 1200 at the last count) has managed to raise $30,000 which will provide 30 shelterboxes for people affected directly on the ground in Japan! Just think how may readers those 1200 bloggers are reaching, if it’s only 50 each that’s 60,000 people who have been reached with this message and that’s gotta have some impact!

    I would offer my support again to this in a heartbeat.

    Best regards,

    Michelle Kelly
    Pocketful of Dreams

  9. Chrissy Farnan Says:

    What ever the cause and how you choose to recognize it is a step in the right direction. Negativity by you and others is what happens to be wrong with the thinking of many. What have you done in support?

    A day of not blogging is the same as all the women who wear the pink ribbon on a T-shirt, on their hat, as a key chain etc…. They are wearing it in support but did every person walk or contribute, maybe not. But seeing it brings awareness.

    It’s the same as wearing red, as many did on Feb 4, 2011 to call out in support of those women fighting, or who might fight heart disease.

    Those participating in no blogging have this message on their blogs with a website for visitors to donate too if they so choose. Perhaps seeing this message will prompt a donation.

    Happy Friday, perhaps a little less negativity should be your Friday mission.

  10. Holly Rose Says:

    I’m sorry, but why do you need to receive an object or product in return for helping someone in need?

    The charity being promoted through the blogger day of silence is ShelterBox, which provides boxes containing disaster relief tents, 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).

    100% of every donation goes towards these boxes and you can even donate an extra percentage to cover the cost of your donation being processed. The original goal the creators of FOR JAPAN WITH LOVE was $5,000, so 5 boxes. As I write this now, they have raised over $31,000, so 31 boxes which exceeded their helpful expectations.

    All of the bloggers promoting this amazing charity have donated themselves.

    The idea of having it on your blog is that you can share it with the community you have created (your blog followers, your twitter followers, your facebook followers, your friends, your family ect…) it isn’t just about reflection, it’s about trying to help in any way you can, and quick.

    Creating a product that will aid the disaster is a great idea, but it also takes more time and costs more money, money that could just go straight to those in need.

    You can read more here: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/utterly-engaged/shelter-box-usa

  11. Holly Rose Says:

    If one would like to purchase something to support Japan’s disaster relief, there are some great products here:
    http://www.refinery29.com/products-to-buy-to-support-japan-disaster-relief/slideshow