Japan Tsunami Relief 2012

One year after the devastating tsunami wiped out most of the coastal area of northeastern Japan, efforts to rebuild the cities and lives of the people continue. In 2011, we sent one of our owners and our CFO, Paul and Milton, with some emergency relief supplies to provide aid to the disaster-stricken residents (read their journal here). This year we continued our support in Rikuzentakata, a small city in the Iwate prefecture whose remaining citizens are rebuilding its entire city while reclaiming their lives one day at a time. Read the journals our Japan Relief II team: Milton, Kihei Ace manager Troy and Hilo Ben Franklin Crafts manager Bert. Take in their experiences and how the resilience and determination of a small community has left an everlasting mark in their hearts and memories.

Milton’s Journal

“I am still in awe of the resilience everyone displays day after day.”

Troy’s Journal
Store Manager
HouseMart Ace – Kihei, HI

“I was more than ready to help them with anything hey asked me to do.  Build houses, put up a garden, anything.”

Bert’s Journal
Store Manager
HouseMart BFC – Hilo, HI

“The humbleness of the people surprised me; how they took care of us, even though we were there to help them.”

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