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Operation Tomodachi – Japan Outreach Program


Just recently, Japan was struck by the most powerful earthquake to hit the island nation in recorded history and the tsunami it unleashed. Many organizations and funds have mobilized to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.  Many wanted to help and took the initiative to join these organizations.  One person is Erin Esley who approached Patches by The/Studio to help support their outreach program. Below is an Email from Erin giving us an update on the event.  Next up, MinamiSanriku Town. The tsunami ate this town up in three minutes flat, it is about 90KM from the epicenter of the 9.0 earthquake. There is nothing left there, you can view the city in this short video I filed while I was out there: An organization called OGA for Aid is out there everyday helping the people with food and water. They called me up stating that it’s hot and they want to lift the spirits of the people, even for just one day. She suggested doing an ice cream run. I thought this idea was awesome and wanted to help out with it. We had to raise 100,000Yen (about $1300+ USD) We used $100 from the patches to top it off  My husband, 2yr old daughter and myself made the 5hr trip on August 10th to help pass out the ice cream on August 11th, the 5th month anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. We also brought a van full of food and toiletries donated by people from the base. Here is video of us passing out ice cream: And video of a woman who was overcome with emotion from us coming: While we were down in MinamiSanriku, Angela from the OGA for Aid team was telling my husband and I how she is trying to get a small school set up for the kids here so they can have something postive to focus on. I immediantly wanted to help with this. Our next mission will be getting school supplies and reading books, both English and Japanese, for the kids of this town. Again, I can not Thank You enough for your generous donation of patches to help us raise funds to help so many people around the area. I have to move in December, back stateside, because the AF has said our time is up here and we need to move to our next base, but as long as I am here I will do whatever I can to help and make sure these people are not forgotten. Thank You so Much! Erin Ensley




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