Like so many others, I have been paying close attention to the devastating events that have taken in place in Japan this past weekend. It’s heartbreaking to see so many lives lost, as well as families displaced and missing. One event after another. First, an earthquake. Next, a tsunami followed by explosions of nuclear facilities and volcanic eruptions. One has to wonder how much can one country take? The thought of something like this occurring here at home has crossed my mind numerous times this past weekend as I watched the events unfold on TV as well as across my news feeds on Facebook and Twitter. We have been very fortunate here in New England to not witness something as catastrophic as Japan, however it most certainly can, and will, happen one day in the future.

As someone who cares a great deal for communities, I can’t help but want to do my part to help those that need us right now in Japan, which is why I am donating $10 to The American Red Cross to aid in the recovery efforts of this horrible tragedy. Sure, it may only be a mere $10, however when you think of it on a larger scale, if everyone were to donate $10, it would have a significant impact. In this economy, even $10 may be hard to cough up. I feel, however, that whatever I needed that money for is not nearly as important as what the people of Japan need it for. These people need our help, and I’m most certainly not going to sit back and just watch the events unfold without doing my part. If anything were to happen locally, you can bet that I would do the same thing. In a different aspect, if anything this tragic were to happen to any of us, I’m sure all those people that we have helped will remember our giving nature and return the favor. We live in one world, and one world only. It’s vitally important that we help each other and act with selfless service, because no matter what we are going through, there is always someone else that is going through far worse.

Part of this blogs core mission is to connect the community, in more ways than one. Today, we are connecting more than the community. A new page has been adapted on the site to give readers a chance to help aid in recovery efforts overseas. The Japan Disaster Relief page will be updated frequently to give readers a wealth of information on ways to help with this devastating disaster. If you want to see a charity added, or know of anyone else that is helping aid in recovery efforts, please e-mail me at NorthwestCTMike@aol.com so they may be added to the page.

One world. That’s all we live in. It’s important to come together to help solve some of the worlds biggest problems because together, everyone achieves more.

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