Operation Blessing: Helping Japan in the Darkest Hours

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Operation Blessing International President Bill Horan just returned from some of the hardest-hit communities in Japan, after helping provide solutions to families only starting to recover from the worst disaster ever to strike the island nation.

Horan described the devastation from the 9.0 quake and resulting tsunami that struck March 12.

He also spoke of the people who he says will never forget the ways Americans have helped them in their darkest hour. 

Recently, Operation Blessing held three eye clinics to help provide free prescription eyeglasses and reading glasses to 1,400 survivors of the earthquake and tsunami.

The clinics served 100 patients on the first day. Seventy-nine picked out new frames and were given a full eye exam and vision test. In one week, they will receive their new glasses, complete with prescription lenses.

"Over and over, we heard patients and local media marveling that American strangers were thoughtful enough to provide tsunami survivors with new glasses," Horan said in a letter distributed to Operation Blessing supporters.

The Virginia Beach, Va., based aid organization was also able to help the Urato Islands Fishing Cooperative get their men back to work by providing much needed computer supplies.

OBI has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of "America's most efficient charities." Last year the relief organization was awarded the top four-star rating by Charity Navigator for the fifth year in a row.

Operation Blessing International President Bill Horan shares more stories of just how Japanese survivors are being helped and finding hope in the midst of the worst disaster in their country's history. Click play to watch.

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