4-5-11: Marylanders in Japan
Over the past three weeks, we’ve been hearing lots of news out of Japan about the earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent recovery efforts.
This morning, we wanted to take a moment to connect with Marylanders who are working to aid in that recovery, on both the civilian and military sides. One of the civilians is Joey Keefer. He’s originally from Hagerstown, Maryland, and is now working as an English teacher in Japan at a school he started called the Maryland English School, which he named for his home state. He lives there now with his wife and son.
Joey Keefer joined up with several other ex-patriates who wanted to help in the recovery effort. They rented a truck and started driving supplies to the coast, about 150 miles from where they live. You can learn more about their effort at their website, truckaidjapan.com.
We also speak with Petty Officer Gregory Allison– he’s an active duty sailor on the navy base in Misawa, Japan, who hails from Glen Burnie, Maryland. He’s been working with the U. S. military, the French military, and the Red Cross, loading search and rescue helicopters and helping people evacuate from the north. He also walked along the beach to salvage items that had been washed away in the tsunami.
And we want to hear from you: are you helping in the recovery effort in some way, or do you know someone who is? It can be work like Joey and Greg have been doing – or it can be work that’s being done closer to home. Let us know by text or voicemail to 410-881-3162, send an email to mdmorning@wypr-dot-org, or leave a comment.