As Kathleen Koch watched the recent tragedies in Japan unfold on television, she decided now was her time to “pay it forward.” A former CNN correspondent, Koch covered Hurricane Katrina for the network in 2005– an uncomfortably personal assignment because the storm destroyed her hometown in Mississippi. Recalling the profoundly positive impact that personal letter writing campaigns had on her Gulf Coast friends and family in the wake of Katrina, Koch decided to launch “Words of Hope for Japan.”
“We’re trying to collect a caring letter of support for every man, woman and child in a shelter in Japan,” she explained to FishbowlDC.
Assisted by friends, colleagues, schools, scout troops, churches, and CNN, Koch is well on the way to her goal of 300,000 letters but she could use your help. If you’re interested in participating in “Words of Hope for Japan,” visit the Facebook page or get more info. after the jump.
Desperately-needed food, water, clothing and other supplies are being rushed to the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear accident survivors in Japan. But as days turn into weeks turn into months, perhaps what the hundreds of thousands in shelters will need most is hope.
“Words of Hope for Japan” is the world’s effort to make sure the Japanese people know they are not forgotten. Schools, places of worship, scout troops, fraternities, sororities and other organizations as well as individuals can provide that hope simply by writing a letter sharing concern and encouragement. Children who can’t write can draw pictures. What is important is to do something to brighten the lives of the survivors and reassure them that they are not alone.
Our goal is to collect 300,000 letters – one for every man, woman and child in a Japanese shelter. Letters can be mailed to:
Words of Hope for Japan
P.O. Box 636
Fulton, MD 20759
All letters will be hand-delivered to the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. for shipment to the shelters. Please do not enclose cash or checks.
Thank you in advance for your help!
For more information, contact Kathleen Koch.