This is one of those times that teaches us humility!
Here is a country, still reeling from one of the worst disasters in their history, that somehow finds the ability to offer a helping hand to strangers in need!
We could all take a lesson from the fact that these folks cared enough to offer help to another group in trouble. Still in the cleanup in their own country, they cared enough to reach out and offer what assistance they could.
Japan donates $120,000 in relief supplies to Alabama
By Paris Jackson
Published: May 05, 2011
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MONTGOMERY — The Japanese Government is helping Alabama tornado victims.
They are donating emergency supplies including 8,000 blankets and 150 tarps worth more than $120,000.
On Thursday, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, had the emergency supplies transported from their warehouse in MIAMI to a FEMA incident base in Montgomery.
Japan Consul General, Takuji Hanatani, says this gift is in appreciation of what the aid United States offered during their earthquake and tsunami.
"We are very much grateful for your strong support. Not only the U.S. government assistance, but the American people. The businesses, corporations, and individuals that provided assistance, made a donation and simply offered a prayer. We will never forget this friendship," said Hanatani.
Japaneses officials, FEMA staff and Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange celebrated the arrival of the goods.
I am totally taken aback by the very caring gesture of the Japanese. In this day and age, it's nice to know that sometimes the best of human nature makes itself known!
Thank you for caring, Japan! Thank you very much!
Coffee on the patio this morning, my friends!