Help Japan Blossom – Ways to Give to Japan
March 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
I had the most amazing conversation on Sunday with a most amazing lady – Donna Tokugawa from The Taste of Tea. Donna and her husband, Nozomu, are the owners of The Taste of Tea and The Tea Docents and reached out regarding the #JapanLife initiative.
The Taste of Tea has incredible loose tea offerings and tea accessories (and I learned that I can no longer press my tea – EEK!). Donna and Nozomu travel twice a year to Japan to meet with their organic farmers and are actually leaving in the beginning of April for Kyoto. This is a hands on company who is intimately connected with their product – the Queen Bee loves that!
Donna contacted me to share their fundraising efforts for Japan and I am encouraging everyone to participate in Help Japan Blossom!
Every time someone orders their special Sakura Karigane tea (Cherry Blossom Tea!), ALL the profits go to Second Harvest in Japan, a Japanese on-the-ground charity that is getting food out daily to the people of Japan.
Donna and her family are contributing $10,000 and it would be amazing to raise the matching funds to send to the people of Japan!
Companies like The Taste of Tea and the Tokugawa family and organizations like Second Harvest are exactly what #JapanLife is all about – giving us information about how we can help most effectively and how we can give in ways that preserve the dignity of the Japanese People.
Donna will be joining me this Saturday night for Beehive Live so tune in Saturday Night at 9pm eastern!
More about Second Harvest
Second Harvest Japan’s Disaster Relief Plan
Currently, Second Harvest Japan (2HJ) is using all of its personnel power to work on the disaster relief activity for the people in Tohoku area affected by the Pacific earthquake. Here are what we are working on now: 1) establishing the network to recruit all kinds of items we need; 2) establishing safe and secure routes to deliver needed items to the disaster victims; 3) collecting information about what exactly the disaster victims need. With your support, we will engage in the emergency disaster relief and the reconstruction assistance that will follow the emergency action.
Our Basic Plan
* 2HJ set up the Disaster Relief Office in Sendai city. The office is working to establish the logistics network of donated items for agencies and evacuation sites in Miyagi prefecture. The office also collects information about food and supplies the disaster victims need and we will keep updating the information on our website.
* 2HJ sends two large size 4-ton trucks (one non-reefer truck and one reefer truck) with emergency vehicle permits to Sendai every other day.
* Currently, many corporations and individuals donate food and supplies to 2HJ. We deliver the items up to Sendai. From Sendai, with support of local welfare agencies, our Disaster Relief Office is sending the donated items to the areas that do not receive major support yet.
This is the list of needed items by local disaster victims:http://www.2hj.org/index.php/news/send_us_food_and_supplies/