Appomattox County-based Gleaning for the World is boxing up medical supplies.
Getting those boxes to Japan could take a month, since many ports in the country are still closed.
Gleaning plans to ship supplies to Indonesia, where they'll sit until Japanese docks can start accepting freight.
"If we can pre-position our supplies in Indonesia, we can cut our shipping time down from three to four weeks to three to four days," said Gleaning for the World President, Ron Davidson. "When the need is there and the docks are open, we can move stuff in immediately."
Gleaning and other relief organizations such as the Red Cross are collecting money, which will be used to buy bottled water in Tokyo that can be shipped directly into disaster areas.
Donations of in-kind items, such as blankets and clothing, are not being accepted. Gleaning and the Red Cross say those supplies would be too hard to ship into Japan and water is in greater need at this point.