We’ve all seen the images and videos rolling in of the devastation from the Japan earthquake and tsunamis.  While aftershocks and tsunami scares are still happening days later, the nation is in for a long long road of recovery.  So far, the death toll is estimated to be 2,000.  In just one town, 9,500 are missing. Not only do the survivors have to suffer the loss of loved ones, but as temperatures fall, electricity, water and food are now scarce to none.  Many have tried to go back to their homes and to start picking up the pieces, only to find the tsunamis have plowed their homes down and there is literally nothing for them to come home to.  Convenience stores have lines hours long and a limit of 10 items to each person.  The second crisis has only begun and so many are left helpless.
Do you want to help out with what is happening in japan? 2 really great blogs have come together to create a fundraiser to help out, called "FOR JAPAN WITH LOVE". It's a 2 part process, the first being a fundraiser and the second is called "blogger day of silence". So don't expect any blogging from me on Friday!!!! I will be doing my part, and anyhow Fridays post is supposed to be Jet Set Friday... and unless you want to help with the red cross, I don't think you'll be going to japan to do some shopping in tokyo any time soon! So check out these site for more info!

For Japan With Love has a direct link on the website to our fundraising page for ShelterBox.
ShelterBox was one of THE first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake.  Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. 
 Please check it out and whatever you can contribute will be so appreciated.


Bloggers Day of Silence:
Anyone that has a blog can help out with this one.  
The aim is just raise awareness and respect and acknowledge the devastation going on in Japan.

The guidelines are simple.
1.  This coming Friday, March 18th, no posts at all on your blog.
2.  Please post a blog post about what you will be doing this Friday whenever possible in hopes to spread the word and whoever else would like to join in.  
You all can check out what I did for mine here or Utterly Engaged's here and do it your way if you'd like.  
I'll be posting a reminder post on Thursday evening on my blog too.
3. Tweet and Re-Tweet the shiznit out of the link to http://www.forjapanwithlove.com please.
4. Encourage your readers to contribute to donate shelter to Japan. 
Whatever anyone can contribute will be appreciated. 
Every little helps.  

Feel free to ask other bloggers you like to join in on this.  Whatever impact we can make will be so awesome.