Jason Kelly, a fellow author (financial writing, with the advantage of a liberal arts background) lives in Japan. He is close enough to the earthquake/tsunami disaster to have felt both, and to be able to triage aid, but far enough that he is not himself a disaster victim (except for one hell of a scare). We’ve corresponded a bit, enough that I think of him as a kindred spirit. His command of the language is superb, enough that most freelance editors might have difficulty providing him with useful feedback. That’s rare nowadays.
Living in Japan, of course, it’s quite logical for Jason to call upon the resources of his U.S. (Colorado) upbringing to help his nation of residence. His solution: socks, a simple comfort item and so important for cleanliness. Japan might be the world’s most passionate country with regard to cleanliness. If Jason thinks sending the Japanese socks will improve their comfort and spirits, I’m going to do it.
If you want to follow suit, please follow the instructions on Socks for Japan. His reasoning makes great sense to me. Every time there’s a major world disaster, Japan whips out its checkbook. The world knows Japan for many good things; Japan has been a staunch ally of the United States my whole life. The point of Jason’s plan is that we’ll do more good if we send comfort items along with notes of caring, rather than just donating money. Socks one may buy; a kind, honest note isn’t for sale in any store.
Sounds to me like little enough to ask. I hope you’ll join me in supporting Jason’s project.