The ladies at Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours have teamed up to raise awareness and relief efforts for the victims in Japan, and they have currently raised over $20,000 {so amazing}.Laura Hooper Calligraphy will be participating in a bloggers day of silence tomorrow, Friday, March 18, and we encourage you to donate here if you are looking for a way to help.

We’ve all seen the images and videos rolling in of the devastation from the Japan earthquake and tsunamis. While aftershocks and tsunami scares are still happening days later, the nation is in for a long long road of recovery. So far, the death toll is estimated to be 2,000. In just one town, 9,500 are missing. Not only do the survivors have to suffer the loss of loved ones, but as temperatures fall, electricity, water and food are now scarce to none. Many have tried to go back to their homes and to start picking up the pieces, only to find the tsunamis have plowed their homes down and there is literally nothing for them to come home to. Convenience stores have lines hours long and a limit of 10 items to each person. The second crisis has only begun and so many are left helpless.– Utterly EngagedAll proceeds will go to ShelterBox who provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. Please visit the For Japan With Love website for more information and to donate. And remember, every little bit helps!