Sometimes we find big hearts in relatively small places, like the Sunland Home Foundation in Encinitas. This small Christian Science nursing facility started a relief fund to help survivors of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. The foundation was so drawn to the needs of the Japanese people that they reached out to help them through prayer and also through support of their physical needs. This effort caught the attention of people around the world. Presently, over $138,000 has been raised from donations as far away as Canada, Australia, Germany, England, Mexico, and Hong Kong. What’s so special about this homegrown foundation’s effort is that every penny that is donated goes directly to the Japanese people through the highly respected Association for Aid and Relief, Japan. Sunland acts as only a pass through for the funds collected.
Pam Ludwig, Executive Director of Sunland, said that the foundation mailed an appeal letter to its 3000 person mailing list, which consists of the organization’s members, previous patients, churches, and other individuals. She thought if they could raise $2500 it would be great. However, in the first month over $100,000 flooded in. Ms. Ludwig expressed much gratitude for the outpouring of support. The foundation is continuing to receive donations.
The inspiration of this group to help individuals they have never met is an example for each of us. These efforts are blessing not only those who receive much needed support, but also those givers who are the unsung heroes. This stepping forward because the heart calls is what built America.