First you Maned up for Japan, now it’s time to Can Up!
National AJET would like to thank everyone who Maned Up for Japan. The response was amazing with over 4500 people signing up to the Facebook campaign. For many of you, you might be thinking ‘what’s next?’. How about showing the same giving spirit and joining the new campaign Can Up for Japan!
Although monetary donations have been a huge help to the relief effort, supplies and food donations are equally important in the near future. Many people have been displaced from their homes and are currently living in shelters. Donations of food and other essentials such as plastic cutlery, paper plates, wet wipes and masks can help improve the quality of life of those who have lost almost all their material possessions.
In that spirit, National AJET is reaching out to prefectural AJET chapters, along with individual JETs, to do supply and food drives. This doesn’t necessarily mean creating specific events for drives but it can be done at any upcoming social events. For example, hanami season is coming up and no doubt you have some parties planned. By asking each person who attends to bring one can of food, pack of plates, or anything else that is currently required in the Tokoku region you can make a huge difference. Delivery is easy to organise, either through your prefectural government (many are still collection supplies) or sending goods to Second Harvest.
National AJET has produced a guide to help with any questions that you may have about doing food drives which can be found on the National AJET website at the Guide to Creating Food and Supply Drives post.
The most essential items at the moment are :
- Food & Beverage (MUST be unexpired): rice, canned items, retort-pouch food, food for elderly people, baby formula and baby food
- Items for Baby & Elderly People (MUST be unopened): baby diapers and adult diapers
- Items for Soup Kitchen(MUST be unused): paper plates, paper cups, plastic spoons, plastic forks, chopsticks and saran wraps
- Other (MUST be unused): brand-new underwear, wet wipes, masks, shampoo that does not require water, towel, portable gas stove and portable gas
Please note clothing can not be accepted by Second Harvest.
Thank you for your continued support, National AJET has been so proud of JETs reactions nationwide over the past couple of weeks and please keep up the good work.