Everyone knows about the devastation that recently hit Japan on March 11, 2011.  Thousands are without water and electricity and an estimated 215,000 are living in 1,350 temporary shelters.

I am an officer for San Jose State’s Japanese Student Association, and we like many of you felt helpless as we watched the destruction unfold.  Many of our members in the club are international students from Japan and they can not reach many of their friends or family.  We decided to start raising funds to give to relief efforts to those in Japan.  Any donations will do, even if it is just a dollar it still helps.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 dollars and we hope you can help us accomplish this goal.

We are currently in the process of putting together a fundraising dinner.  Our venue was kindly donated by the Buddhist  church and auction items have been donated by the 49ers.  All proceeds will be going to the JCCsj and we are in need of sponsors, if you would like to help please contact me at savage.jessica17@gmail.com

All donations will tax-deductible because all of the proceeds will be going to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.  They are a 501(c) (3) non-profit agency in California since 1973.  They helped raise $600,000 dollars for the 1995 Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake.

To donate for now please visit www.jcccnc.org and San Jose’s Buddhist Church.

To learn more about SJSU’s JSA visit our website at jsasjsu.jimdo.com or follow us on twitter at sjsujsa or for more information about JCCCNC please visit www.jcccnc.org

Also the Buddhist church in San Jose’s Japantown is collaborating in the Buddhist Churches of America’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Effort.  To learn more please visit www.sjbetsuin.com.

Donations can be written to the San Jose Buddhist Church and the deadline is Sunday, April 10, 2011.

Thank you to those of you for your support and words of encouragement.

This is a comment I received from my blog and thought this is another great way to help those in Japan.  “You can send your message online to school children and emergency workers in Japan via Hope Lettershttp://hopeletters.wordpress.com/. Hope Letters will translate them into Japanese and deliver them to local organizations for posting/broadcasting (when it is practical and effective to do so). Help give hope!”