It’s impossible not to be moved by the horrific natural disaster that struck Japan just one week ago. Here’s a personal plea — plus links to two charities — from a Montclair resident who hails from Sendai.
On March 11, 2011 an 8.9 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent aftershocks devastated my home town Sendai, Japan. Having lived in Montclair where my husband, Marc Padberg, grew up (MHS Class of 1988), I have the deepest sense of community. I’m reaching out to you on behalf of the Japanese community asking if you would be so kind to help contribute in any way to the Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund. By this I’m asking if we could work together to come up with ideas in order to help those that suffered tremendously.
I know that the economy is tough for everyone, but thousands and soon to be tens of thousands of people just lost their homes, livelihoods, and entire families. There are two main support groups we are working with: the Japan Society and the Red Cross. There has been a relief fund set up by the Japan Society called The Japan Earthquake Relief Fund in order to help the families and victims of this horrific event. Similarly, the Red Cross has set up a link for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. All contributions are tax deductible. Thank you for your time. Together we can all get through this.
Kanae Yunome & Marc Padberg
Pictured: Our three daughters (front center), Kanae Yunome (far right), my sisters, their children, my brother-in-law and my parents – Sendai Airport, Japan Summer 2009
Photos of the Red Cross in Japan courtesy of American Red Cross Montclair-Glen Ridge-Nutley Chapter.