Since news of the Japanese earthquake and the ensuing tsunami, I've been fairly paralyzed, listening to death tolls and watching stunning footage.
Author Maureen Johnson had a very different and admirable response. She put together a drive through Shelterbox to help. As she describes it, Shelterbox is an organization that goes into areas of the world affected by disaster with large green boxes that contain shelters and the materials needed for people to restart their lives on some level. The boxes always include a top-quality tent, and they usually include stoves, blankets, water purification systems, and tools. This is true, life-saving stuff, hand-delivered by volunteers trained in survival techniques.
If you have been like me -- stuck and stunned -- or if you are looking for an avenue for relief, hop over to her blog and donate. She is offering some great prizes, including six signed first editions of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and many more. Prizes are still pouring in and I just donated a hardback, signed copy of Split, too.
Thanks, Maureen, for moving me from horrified to mobilized.