My first ever Etsy shop sale was to a woman who lived on the eastern coast of Japan. Shortly after the disaster, I found myself wondering about whether or not she, a complete stranger, was affected by the earthquake and/or tsunami. They were some heavy thoughts, I tell you.
With the first anniversary closing in, there has recently been a few news stories on the Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Either last week or the week before, the local news reported that Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, which was directly in the earthquake and subsequent tsunami's path, will need continuous, around-the-clock maintenance for the next 30-40 years to avoid a complete nuclear disaster. Also, within the last few months there have been a few online articles about how the pets of Fukushima, who were left behind in the designated nuclear disaster site due to their high levels of radiation exposure, have had to face the frigid, cold winter of 2011-2012 without adequate food and shelter. And there was a short news segment on how the debris from the 2011 disaster in Japan will finally float towards the western US coast sometime in the next year.
In short, the disaster that occurred a year ago will continue to have a lasting effects on our lives, even if the news stories are not highly publicized. Even as our memories of the event fade into the recesses of our minds, our busy lives.
This is not an impassioned plea for sales, but I have three more items in the HELP JAPAN section of my Etsy shop for sale. 100% of the proceeds from the remaining two pendants and 50% of the proceeds from the remaining collage will be donated to GlobalGiving's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund upon purchase. To help these items sell, I have lowered their prices, considerably.
To date, I have donated $51.00, and will donate $10.00 for each of the three remaining items after purchase ($30.00 in total). Yes, I do realize that the listings' descriptions do not state that $10.00 will be donated per item: the pendants are under $10.00 in price, and for the collage, it says that only $8.00 is to be donated. I will go into my pocketbook to donate the few remaining dollars because it's the least that I can do.
Donating is more than for publicity's sake because to truly live is to remember that we are all connected in this world, no matter how many degrees of separation there may be from the event--or how indirectly we are affected by it. Every action has its consequences, and donating is my act of connection.