On March 20, Binyomin made another trip to Sendai. This time, the trip was made much easier thanks to the help of the authorities, who issued a special vehicle permit. This permit made it possible for Binyomin to drive on the highways leading to Sendai, and to purchase gasoline. Four other international volunteers from Chabad Japan accompanied him on this trip, which brought undergarments, warm clothing, socks, bread, fruits, chocolate, and kerosene to those in need.
The shelters now have heat, and water for drinking is available, but there is no water for washing. They are still in need of basic clothes.
Binyomin feels a special connection with Sendai because, soon after he first arrived in Japan 10 years ago, he was homeless for a time, and found hospitality at the home of a resident of Sendai.
Some of the people the Chabad volunteers spoke with had lost family members in the tsunami, yet they continued to clear rubble and help search for survivors. The sense is that they have a deep sorrow inside, but are now focused on clearing the way for rebuilding their lives.
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