Friday, after 1am, I received a text that said OMG Japan! It woke me, which is unusual. I had two thoughts. I wondered if my friend was going to go to Japan, and then I thought something terrible may have happened, but I fell asleep again thinking Leila was going to Kyoto to see temples. About an hour later, my husband, who runs security teams for several national parks sites, received a phone call. He had to tell his guys at Alcatraz and Hyde Street Pier to take high ground; there was a tsunami warning.
I immediately went to my computer and my heart sank upon reading about the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. As the news came in, I read the live blogs and listed to NPR. This was one time I actually missed having a television.
I am not, surprise surprise, a full time food writer. My day job is pretty great, though. I am a web designer and I work for a company called Care2. We work, exclusively, with progressive nonprofits. I like to say I’m saving the world one pixel at a time. Right now, though, I’m suffering from a pretty serious back injury and in a effort to avoid back surgery, I finally took my doctor’s advice and took some time off of work. So, my saving the world fix, is not being met. Friday, during acupuncture, I was thinking of ways I might be able to help. Inspired by a bake sale I participated in some months back, the idea for an online bake sale came to me.
I sprang into action and immediately some of my amazing food blogger friends jumped right in to help. Irvin Lin from Eat the Love couldn’t be more supportive. Sometimes I think his blog should be called Live the Love and Marc from No Recipes, Kimmie from Full Circle Adventures, Mary from The Gluten Freed Gourmet, Linda from Salty Seattle all emailed me within minutes! Since then the emails have been pouring in!
The auction will take place on March 30, 2011. You will be able to preview the goodies starting a few days before- just like a good silent auction. All proceeds will go to a 501c3 nonprofit doing work specifically in Miyagi Prefecture where the damage is greatest. I will announce the nonprofit in the coming days.
Right now it is looking like I will choose The American Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders/Medicins Sans Frontiers. My goal is $2,500.
The money will be donated to Second Harvest Japan. This is a food bank that many are familiar with. They are working on the ground, right now in Japan to respond to the immediate needs of people displaced by this disaster.
If you know of any food bloggers who would like to participate in this bake sale, please send them my way. Also, I am looking for corporations to match any part of the money earned to help Japan.
Thank you so very much.
The Tomato Tart