Hands-On Help for Japan…

It has been unreal watching the devastation and wreckage that happened after the earthquake and then the tsunami hit Japan. I cannot even wrap my brain around the concept of losing everything. I just wish it were possible for me to do more for the individuals there. But, an ocean separates us…

I felt like that until I read this on my friend’s blog:

For the Children of Ishinomaki, Japan

All of a sudden I felt like I could do something tangible, something truly helpful. Not just hand my money over to some stranger to decide what was needed. It could be personal. I could use what I had. I could literally touch a life with something I put in a box!

So, last night and this morning I gathered what I could find around my house to aid these people in great need, then River [and Molly–sort of] helped me put together the package:

The Contents:

An outfit destined for my yard sale. Now destined to warm a babe in need. ---$0

7 bottles of lotion from my hotel stash: Needed for chapped hands from digging through ruins all day long. ---$0

10 bottles of shampoo/conditioner also from my hotel stash---$0

14 bars of soap (also from my hotel stash)---$0

A toothbrush, container of floss, and two small tubes of toothpaste. (All but toothbrush free from the dentist.)---$.24

Thanks to couponing I was able to get the above toothbrush for just $.24. I was also able to get this teddy bear for free:

I got a few things at the grocery store for the kids, babies, and women. I knew that they would be greatly appreciated and needed. So, I called upon the “couponing powers within” 😉 and scored this amazing deal:

The powdered Enfamil I got in my baby bag of FREEbies from my Midwife.---$.0

I bought the 4 cans of condensed Similac at Wal-mart for $4.14/ea. I had 4 –$5 off coupons which gave me: $3.32 overage toward this:

I had a package of wipes to spare, got the deodorant for $.12 with a coupon, and had a ton of extra, unused hairties that I tied with cute ribbon. --- $.12 + wipes

The tampons were $3.96ea. I had two $2off coupons, which made them each $1.96. After applying the overage from the Similac purchase I paid just $.30ea.

The Fun Part of our package:

For the kids I splurged and bought some hard candy-$1.50, the stickers were $1, and the crayons I got at the back-to-school sale last year for $.20---total: $2.70

River created a card for them. We don’t know any Japanese, but we realized that the message of love is universal and cannot be misconstrued or misinterpreted.

I was amazed at what she created after I told her the story of the children in Japan whose homes were washed away by the ocean. I think a child’s heart knows instinctively what is needed.

My interpretation: The left side of the heart shows the sadness she knows they must be feeling. The right side of the heart shows the joy she hopes to give them by helping through this package. I love that the “heart” of the character goes from a cold blue, to a warm red.

I enclosed a leftover Christmas card collage to show them who sent our little contribution. I think it will make it more real for them when they see the children and our family for themselves.

(Now I’m just hoping the shipping isn’t a ton! Haha!)

This project has warmed my soul. I just hope that it does the greatest amount of good for them that is possible.

~Nostalgic Knucklehead

[If you are interested in participating go to the link at the top of this post and contact my friend, Nicole for the address to send your package.]


About stacey

I am the Mom of two young, rambunctious girls, a curious little boy, and a wee little man who is bursting with joy for life. I just wanted to do something for myself that allowed me to harness the magical moments of being a Mom. (A job that sometimes feels thankless, misunderstood, and considered easy by those that haven't done it.) I wanted to be more positive by looking more closely at the good things that happen every day via photos and my thoughts.
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3 Responses to Hands-On Help for Japan…

  1. bless you. the children will feel so loved. thank you!

  2. Great job on your box!!!

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