As you know, SDP is an international family, bound together by our love of painting. We care deeply about each and every one of our members, and when a crisis occurs, that brings all of us closer together.
As we follow the events of the earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear crisis in Japan, our hearts are heavy with concern for our 784 SDP members who live there, as well as for their families.
The SDP Board of Directors and staff ask that you send your loving thoughts and prayers to our painting brothers and sisters in Japan and to family of SDP members who are living, studying, or doing business in Japan. Please keep in your hearts, too, the brave teams of workers who are risking their lives to minimize the dangers at the damaged nuclear plants.
We have many emails and calls from members inquiring about the family of Miho Shimizu Halsey, who is in charge of Japanese relations at SDP. Miho works at SDP Headquarters in Wichita, Kan., but her family resides in Japan. We are relieved to announce that Miho’s family is safe and she is grateful for your concern and support. A few messages from members who live in Japan have arrived, and we are so glad to hear from these members. Many cannot contact us, of course, due to widespread breakdown of communications and lack of electric power.
Miho has been working to contact SDP members in Japan, and those she has been able to reach have expressed deep gratitude for the rescue and aid efforts provided by teams from the U.S. and other countries.
Please, if you are able, consider making a donation to the emergency relief organization of your choice. A good way to identify a legitimate organization is to look at the list on www.networkforgood.org. This website has extensive info about organizations that are providing aid to those affected in Japan.
Thank you for your prayers and messages of concern for the members of our painting family in Japan.
Board of Directors and Staff Society of Decorative Painters ＊＊＊＊＊＊＊＊＊＊