Jesse Willms: Help Me Support The Red Cross In Their Mission Of Mercy During The Japanese Disaster

Posted by Jesse Willms on March 18, 2011

Like hundreds of millions of people around the world, I have spent the last few days watching the news with shock and horror as three disasters have struck the island nation of Japan.

First, on Friday we saw an 8.9 magnitude earthquake – the largest in the country’s history – strike Japan. A matter of hours later, YouTube and other websites began showing images of a giant tsunami hit and devastate large portions of the coast.

Now, we look on in terror as Japan’s nuclear power plants throw radiation into the atmosphere. Some people say that partial meltdowns have already occurred. Others say they are simply around the corner.

What we do know is that nearly 2,500 people are already reported dead and over 3,000 are still missing. Over 450,000 people are living in temporary shelters, 63,000 buildings have been extensively damaged, and at least 6,000 were utterly destroyed.

Meanwhile everyone living in a 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has been evacuated – and nobody knows if radiation levels will ever be low enough for them to return.

A tragedy of this magnitude demands an immediate response. That’s why I’ve donated $3,000 to the Canadian Red Cross. They are part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which coordinate the national disaster response activities of more than 185 national societies through more than 100 million volunteers worldwide.

When disasters of this level strike, the Red Cross is one of the few organizations that have the people and resources available to help. They provide emergency medical care, shelter, medicine, and other much needed assistance.

The members of the Red Cross risk their lives on a daily basis to help people recover and rebuild their societies in times of war, famine and natural disasters, but they cannot do so on their own.

They rely on donations of time and money from regular people in order to accomplish their gravely important mission.  That’s why they have always had my support. Situations like this are simply too overwhelming for us not to help.

Therefore, I strongly encourage anyone reading this blog to reach out and find ways to help the Red Cross as they strive to help rescue Japan from the jaws of these three disasters.

We are all part of a global village. While Japan may seem to be remote from our lives, we are all human beings.

We need to stand by the Red Cross and the people of Japan today. It’s simply the right thing to do.