15 March 2011

A Pause for Help

Once Upon a Thread will resume later today, but I wanted to stop and pause to help a beautiful nation in need.

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This weekend I received an email from Novita of Very Purple Person, who was scheduled to participate in Once Upon a Thread this week, kindly asking if she could have an extension on her deadline, due to the fact that there was just a major earthquake in her country.  What a sweetheart!  Although she wasn't directly affected, her husband had a 5 hour walk, a train ride and a finally a bike ride in order to return home to a very relieved Novita and family.  There were also warnings of electricity outages and water shortages, causing them to stock up on food and other essentials.  
We have all been affected and touched by this great disaster.  Sachiko of Tea Rose Home grew up and has family from one of the hardest hit areas, the Miyagi Prefecture.  Thankfully her family is all alive, but there is still much danger ahead, including radiation from a plant nearby. 

Ryan served a church mission in Japan for two years before we were married.  He adores the Japanese culture of minimality and pretty much everything the Japanese do and his affinity for it has rubbed off on me.  We took our three oldest baby dills there two years ago and fell madly in love with the people, their respect for others, their kindness, their beautiful culture and traditions.
While we all want to do something to help, there's not much we can do to send anything overseas right now.  We can, however, donate to a reputable and established charity.  Most of the major charities, though helpful, have overhead costs that are taken from money donated.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a Humanitarian Aid Program that absorbs ALL overhead costs, which means 100% of our donations go to the relief of those in need.  They are often on site and already providing relief from disasters before any other government and programs.  Their "projects operate without regard to the nationality or religion of the recipients."  If someone is in need of help, they give it.  If you would like to donate, even if it's $5, you can do so here:
You can even use your paypal account, in addition to any major credit card.  I also received an email from Marjory of Elk, an etsy shop filled with cute little kids clothes saying she will donate 50% of her sales to the Humanitarian Aid Program, if you'd like to give and get at the same time.  
Even if you don't have the means to make a monetary donation, we can all keep the people of Japan as well as those throughout the world who have been affected in our prayers.


  1. Thanks, Katy, for the heads up. I have added the button to my blog, and kicked in some of my ad money that came yesterday.

  2. where did ryan serve? i had three brothers serve in: Sendai, Toyko, Kobe. We have LOTS of friends to pray for!

  3. Rae--He was in Sapporo and spent most of his time in the very northern portion.

  4. I'm glad you shared this Katy!

  5. Great idea Katy to provide us a link.
    You can select an option to make a monthly donation that is taken automatically from your paypal account or credit card.

  6. thanks for sharing this! hopefully with lots of us sharing links where 100% goes to helping and meeting the needs of those affected it will make a huge difference!
    as usual the pictures are beautiful and i pray that the state of Japan will soon look that way again:O)

  7. My heart just breaks for all those affected by this disaster. Just breaks.

    Thanks for posting the links...I am sure this will help! They all need to know how much we care.

  8. Katy,
    Thanks for this! I've been trying to spread the word any way I can. Your blog has more reach than I do (at least I think it does). I didn't know that Ryan served in Japan as well. I think that it's hit every former missionary there pretty hard.

  9. Katy, Thank you for being so special. Your blog has far reaches and I believe your readers will be very generous. It is a sad time and all of our thoughts are with the beautiful people of Japan.

  10. Hi Katy,

    Thank you for the link. I really appreciate it. I did not know you had a connection to Japan. Eventhough I love living in America, part of my heart still belongs to Japan and I really hope we can make a difference for those people.



  11. I love coming across LDS blogs. :) My husband and I are living in on-campus housing and have many international neighbors, many of which are Japanese. It's awful that these kinds of natural disasters have caused so much pain and heartbreak, but I'm thankful that we can offer relief, whether monetarily or emotionally. My FIL served in Fukuoka and my husband was part of an exchange student program in a Southern part of Japan, so while no one they knew was affected, it's hit home here. I pray for many blessings to those who need it.


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