Ben Krug loads a sack of donated clothing into a van headed to help Japan earthqauke and tsunami victims, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. CAITLIN DOORNBOS/STARS AND STRIPES
Ben Krug loads a sack of donated clothing into a van headed to help Japan earthqauke and tsunami victims, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. CAITLIN DOORNBOS/STARS AND STRIPES

Military families’ grassroots charity still supports Japan tsunami victims, eight years after disaster

by Caitlin Doornbos
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — On a recent humid Tuesday morning, Masako Sullivan and several military families loaded bag after bag of donated children’s clothing into a van she’d rented from base.

They’ve been doing this annually for eight years, now.

The donations were headed to the cities of Fukushima and Ishinomaki, in the northeastern Japanese prefectures of Fukushima and Miyagi, the scenes of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power-plant meltdown in March 2011.

Sullivan started Helping Hands for Tohoku — an annual donation drive and delivery named for the region where the triple disaster occurred — about a month later and keeps it going though she moved to the United States in 2012.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.587978

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