On March 11th 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan resulting in triggering a 33 foot Tsunami that devastated coastal areas. Hundreds of aftershocks, unstable radioactivity and a high death toll of almost 13,000 people as a result to this disaster. This is something you think you would only see in movies.

I have family in Tokyo who are safe but still going through a hard time just as everyone else is in Japan. It is hard to know what they are going through but I’m inspired by the strength and integrity shown right now. I truly cannot imagine how scary it must have felt to experience the earthquake and tsunami. I also cannot imagine how our country would do during a time like that.

Right now I am helping run a fundraiser at my daughters school called “Cranes for a Cause” and we are selling Origami Grams to benefit Japan. We are selling Origami cranes and various other origami that was made by ourselves, family and friends. All the proceeds are going to a Japan Relief fund. I’m going to be adding the cranes and various other origami to my online store. All proceeds will go directly to the Japan Relief fund.

In addition I am going to donate all the profits from the sales for my Don’t Speak Whinese t-shirts to the Japan Relief fund. I will run this for the next week or until I run out of inventory! So, while supporting my website, wearing a kick ass shirt you will also be supporting a great cause.

And because I am really proud of my daughter for making this decision she asked for donations for Japan instead of gifts this year for her birthday. She raised just over $200. I had to throw in that proud Mommy moment!

Other ways to help:

Direct Relief International

Global Giving

Cranes for Kids by OshKosh


Hump Day Haiku: Japan and Peanuts

by Leila on March 24, 2011

We are doing a fundraiser for Japan relief where we are selling Origami. It’s been really positive and I’m super excited about raising awareness, giving a bit of culture to our school and raising some funds. In addition to that my daughter decided that she would rather have donations for Japan relief than gifts.

Japan needs support.
Donations. No birthday gifts…
My daughter requests

Trista makes cranes for
Us to sell. Japan Relief.
She’s just O C D

I’m totally poking fun at the ridiculous media storm that was created by a group of parents protesting that a girl be home schooled because of her peanut allergies. They didn’t bother talking to the school about the modifications or give anyone a chance to squash some of the ridiculous rumors… like with most mob mentality maniacs they just made assumptions, got each other riled up, made a big protesting stink and ultimately were like “Oh… my bad! All a big misunderstanding… sorry… everyone.. on the internet!” Ha! I love stuff like that!

Child with allergies
Makes my kid have to wash hands
What is the problem?

Child with dirty hands
Has the right to be filthy
Because I’m a turd.

I’m here with a sign
Because my kids wash their hands
I don’t have a clue.

Oops! My Peanut Bad!
Protested without a clue!
I’m a big douche bag!

So that is why you do your research before you raise a ruckus and make a jackass out of yourself. Why? Because there is someone out there… like me… that might just have to poke fun at you in a haiku.

Want to poke fun or inspire Japan relief?! Add your Hump Day Haiku too!