(CNN) — The scenes on the news after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan’s coastline were sadly familiar.
Survivors wandered lost through mud-covered remains of their towns. Landmarks and street signs were gone. A resident peered at a photo plucked from the debris, trying to recognize a face in hopes of reuniting it with its owner.
My friends and I on the Gulf Coast saw similar scenes after Hurricane Katrina, particularly in Mississippi where the storm spared little.
But soon after we saw volunteers pour in to help. Letters arrived, too. Mississippi teenager Sabrina Bradford received one from a boy in Guam.
Continue reading at “Words of hope for Japan”.