A Bento is defined by Wikipedia as “a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Bento are still used by workers as a packed lunch, by families on day trips, for school picnics and sports days etc. The bento, made at home, is wrapped in a furoshiki cloth, which acts as both bag and table mat.”
I picture all of the school children who no longer have a school to take lunch to, homes have been destroyed along with the main place to make a bento, and I am painfully aware that few bento will be taken on day trips any time soon. This is just one little aspect of daily life that has stopped since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. I know that so many of us are hurting for those in Japan and I’d like to offer a way that we can all help out.
There is a wonderful quilt that I have seen pictures of around the web called a Bento Box Quilt (if you know who originally deisgned this quilt please let me know so that I can give them credit.) I have written up instructions to make this quilt. Now there are two ways that you can participate: the first is to purchase the pattern and make this beautiful quilt yourself. The second way is to purchase a raffle ticket to win a Bento Box quilt. It will be an oversized lap blanket at 40'x40'. I plan on running the raffle for the entire month of April and I will draw the winner on May 1st. Here’s the fun part about the raffle: just as your generous donation will go to help others that are unknown to you, the quilt will remain unknown until the winner is drawn. All proceeds from the raffle and pattern sale will go to Food for the Hungry.
This is a wonderful Christian organization that helps to provide disaster relief worldwide and they are working to aid those in Japan who have lost so much through this tragedy. Their mission statement is: To walk with churches, leaders and families in overcoming all forms of human poverty by living in healthy relationship with God and His creation. I love the work that they are doing and I am excited to partner with them. Please check them out here: Food for the Hungry.
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