Local family reaches out to those affected in Japan

March 18, 2011 4:24:22 PM PDT
As Houstonians see the images from of the destruction from Japan play over and over again, many are looking for ways to reach out and help those who have lost everything. Stace Pagel is a Cub Scout pack leader on a mission, a care package mission, to Japan.

It began with an email from family friends who live in Japan. Pagel was able to contact them. They asked for help, but not for themselves, she says.

"She says that her family was not in need personally, but she heard the shelters had been running out of a lot of stuff," said Pagel.

So she went into her contact list, asking for donations. The response is beginning.

"I emailed them and said, 'This is what we're doing. We're hosting a little drive,'" said Pagel. "We want you to clean your closets out. We want you to bring food. We're going to have it all done on Tuesday. We're going to ship it out on Wednesday."

The donations are being stored in the Cub Scout meeting room at a Friendswood church. So far, it's clothing and a few blankets. Adam and Allen Pagel gave some of their own clothes, with some of their friends in Japan on their minds.

"I'm not going to be there, but what we're going to send is going to be there," said Allen.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army both recommend that if you want to help, send cash to those charities and they'll get it to the families in need. The family, though, simply wants to get something in the hands of those people right away who most need it.