Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How to Help Japanese Children

Emily, who lives on an American military base in Japan, wrote to tell me about Operation Backpack. 

It sounds like a wonderful project to do with our children.  Find a new or gently used backpack, and fill it with items listed by Misawa Girl Scouts, the girl scout troupe on the base.  To see the list, click on the title of this post, or copy this... 

I will ask my son if he wants to fill a backpack for a girl or a boy.  He can help pick one out.  He can read the list and help choose the items.

If you are mailing the backpack from the United States, use the United States Postal Service and this address:

Misawa Girl Scouts
attn: Jessica Payne
Unit 5027
APO, AP 96319

Emily's blog is called Acte Gratuite,  You can visit to find out how her area and her family have been affected by the earthquake and the tsunami, and how she is trying to help her neighbors by reading her recent posts.

These beautiful poems and drawings are from a vintage book, "Little Pictures of Japan," first published in 1925.  It is edited by Olive Beaupre Miller, with pictures by Katherine Sturges.


Phyllis said...

I can't get the link to work. It says it is not published yet.

Beth said...

Dear Phyllis,
I fixed the link. It was missing a letter. I'm sorry about that. Thank you for telling me! love, Beth

amy said...

Thanks for sharing this. After a little finagling with putting in the address myself, I found the correct link:
Hmm. That looks JUST like the one you included that didn't work. Weird.
Phyllis, try typing in the main address (stopping after the .org). That site has a link to the backpack information post.

Beth said...

Thank you, Amy. I fixed it. It was missing the l at the end of the address. love, Beth

nunu said...

thank you for sharing this! i will do it as soon as we return to the states.

citronyella said...

For some unknown reason I read your comment (from among the other 100s!) on Lucy's Attic 24 blog this morning about the Playmobils and then went to your blog and read the post about Operation Backpack. It has inspired me to make a backpack for Japan this weekend. I have been wanting to do more and this will be a good thing. I have added your blog to my favorites and look forward to visiting it regularly.

Francesca said...

Thanks for the information. I think it is one of those ideas that can really work/involve a child....and what beautiful pictures that book has...

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Thanks dear Beth,

I have a darling little backpack I'll do for a girl.

Thanks for doing this. You're a peach.

Love, love,


Sharon Lovejoy said...

Beth dear,

I put it on my facebook and twitter pages. Let's all work together.

I too love Olive's books. Have a few and treasure them.



Beth said...

Thank you, thank you, everyone!!!!! Hooray, hooray! love, Beth

Lacey (schoolhousefarm) said...

I love this! we've been trying to think of a good way to get involved, other than just shipping cash. thank you! I will spread the word.

Beth said...

Great news! If you live in the U.S., mailing something to a military base costs the same as if you were mailing something stateside. That makes a big difference in the cost of shipping. love, Beth