Write a letter to Japan

As I’m sure you know by now, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan on March 11th. It’s hard not to feel sad when we watch the news each day.

Although you may be far away from Japan, there is something you can do to help lift the spirits of the people who live there. Jessie Zanutig teaches English in Japan, and she has established a cause called “3,000 Letters for Japan.” She would like to deliver a handwritten letter or picture to every child whose life has been turned upside down by this terrible tragedy, beginning with students in the Miyagi region of Japan.

I have copied her requests for the project below from Facebook:

“The project is simple. Write a personal letter from the heart. Keep it light and keep it simple.

• Print clearly. Or, draw pictures that convey your sentiments. The youngest students will appreciate a page of pictures!
• Decorate your letter with drawings, stickers – boys and girls love “cute”.
• Use colored paper or have fun with crayons and markers to jazz up white paper.
• Sign your letter with your biggest and messiest rock star-like signature. They adore signatures as much or even more than stickers!
• Please don’t put anything in the envelope other than the letter (ie., trinkets or toys). It creates bulk and additional postage charges but more importantly, avoids creating envy among children who do not receive a gift in their letter. Your gift is your personal letter.
• Put each letter in its own envelope. Mark on the envelope if your letter is best suited for a younger child or an older junior high student. If you are doing one or several letters, put all the envelopes in a larger envelope and mail to me at my address below.
•Include your printed name and a return address on the letter if you would like a response, although that’s a guarantee I can’t make.

Send your letter package to me:

Jessie Zanutig
Gunma-ken Tone-gun
Kawaba-mura Yubara 2707-8

Aim to mail your envelope of letter(s) by Friday, April 22nd if possible.”

If you would like to read more about this project, go to the “Letters for Japan” page on Facebook. This simple act of kindness can bring a smile to a child’s face on the other side of the world.

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