Thursday, October 25, 2012
The sailors of the San Diego-based USS Harpers Ferry got a special thank you from the people of Japan, a little more than a year after the crew helped provide post-tsunami and earthquake assistance as part of Operation Tomodachi.
Helping Hands founder Masako Sullivan said the thank you gifts were a small token of the enormous gratitude the people of Japan have for those in the Navy who participated in Operation Tomodachi:
"I knew that a lot of Sailors donated blankets, clothes and a lot of personal items. I knew it wasn't because the Navy told them to, but because they really wanted to help people. It was beyond the Navy's job. I wanted the people of Japan to continue remembering those things and give something back to the Navy."