17 March 2011

The Red Cross of Japan Writes Back

Dear Jackson Bliss,

First of all, we thank you very much for your expressions of concern and offers of support to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

The Japanese Red Cross Society has started its disaster relief response, however, the whole picture of the situation is not yet clear and the JRCS is continuing its assessment of both the situation and the needs of the people in the affected areas, at the National Headquarters level as well as its local Branch level.

Therefore, we are afraid that JRCS is not accepting any volunteers from inside and outside the country at this stage. The update information will be available on our website: http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/index.html
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies also provides the information on Red Cross responds to this earthquake: http://www.ifrc.org/en/

We would highly appreciate your understanding.

Thanking once again for your kind offer, we remain with best regards.

Yours sincerely,

International Department
Japanese Red Cross Society
Website: http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/index.html

From: jackson bliss
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2011 4:04 PM
To: kokusai@jrc.or.jp
Subject: volunteers in May?
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Trying to Volunteer for the Red Cross of Japan

Since LB + I have been planning on go to Japan this summer for awhile now, we've talked about finding a way to volunteer or help in some way with the massive humanitarian crisis there, so I wrote the Red Cross of Japan last night to see if they needed volunteers for mid-May. Here's the letter I sent:

dear sir/madam,

my wife + i are planning on coming to japan sometime in may. we were wondering whether you might need any volunteers + whether you can train those who have not volunteered for the red cross before? she's a RN + i speak a little Japanese. i realize you're terribly busy right now, but we wanted to see what we could do to help. please write back when you can. i completely understand if it takes you a little while to get back because of the enormous humanitarian crisis in japan. it goes without saying: please focus on helping the Japanese people first + write back only when it's convenient for you.

i wish you luck with everything you must tackle in these trying times.

peace, blessings,

--jackson bliss

12 March 2011

Japon, Je Pense à Toi

My thoughts + prayers go to Japan right now. 私達はここから日本の安否を祈っています。どうぞお大事に。