Japan Society of Fairfield County
Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Project
The JSFC Earthquake Relief Project
ended on Dec 31, 2011.
On March 11, 2011, Japan suffered the
worst earthquake in its recorded history. The earthquake
generated an even deadlier tsunami. As of 6/11 15,413 people
were known to have died from the 9.0 magnitude quake and the
subsequent tsunami. (92% of these people drowned) An
additional 8,069 were missing. Approximately 90,000 were in
emergency shelters. With only minutes warning, the tsunami
swept into communities on Japan's northeast coast, carrying off
houses, factories, trucks, and cars and turning them into mountains
of muddy debris. With the Japanese economy suffering through hard
times, the Japanese Red Cross urgently needed funds to provide
immediate care and assistance to victims and their families.
Japan Society of Fairfield County collected
contributions from its members and friends to provide immediate aid
to victims through the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Those with questions are invited to contact Vernon Beck in Ridgefield
(phone 203 431-0697), or Yumi
McDonald in Westport.
"To help meet these needs we are urging the people of Connecticut to
donate directly to the Japanese Red Cross through the Japan Society
of Fairfield County, which is coordinating the collection of funds
in Connecticut." said Arlene Avery of the Asian Pacific American
Affairs Commission at a news conference, Wednesday, April 6, in the
Legislative Office Building in Hartford given by State Reps.
William Tong (D-Stamford), Tim Larson (D-East Hartford), Tony Hwang
(R-Fairfield) and Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury), the Asian
Pacific American Affairs Commission, and Japan Society of Fairfield
County. We thank them for their support.
Alice McDonald and two friends from Staples HS conducted a bake sale
The Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School held a
concert on 3/21 to raise relief aid.
The Stamford Symphony donated the proceeds from the sale of at least
50 4/9 and 4/10 concert tickets.
The Lao Association of Connecticut held a traditional religious
ceremony for the victims on 6/19 and made a substantial donation.
Tanaka Kapec Design Group - Matching Grant
Fairfield County Bank - Banking services and wire fees
Chikae Potterf, Michiko Hughes, and Mariko Bender with Hammond
Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden and Mackenzie’s Pharmacy of
Trumbull conducted several fund raising drives.
Project Status as of 1/16/2012:
Opened Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Project account at Fairfield County
Savings Bank, Rowayton Branch (4/1)
Received from over 750 contributors:
$48,228.96 as of 1/3/2012, Total sent to JRC $48,228.96 as of
Dispersed to JRC emergency relief: $5,786.45 (This first
disbursement was made through the Japanese Consulate in New York
Dispersed to JRC emergency relief: $27,000.00 (This second
disbursement was made on 4/26)
Dispersed to JRC emergency relief: $9,700.00 (This third
disbursement was made on 6/1)
Dispersed to JRC emergency relief: $5742.51 (This fourth
disbursement was made on 1/3)
Contribution receipts mailed: Over 200 as of 6/20.
Closed Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Project account at Fairfield County
Savings Bank, Rowayton Branch
See PBS's NOVA: Japan's Killer Quake First aired on 3/30 and
now online for viewing at your convenience.
information on USGS website.
Earthquakes and Catfish - a Japanese tradition The June 2005
issue of Nipponia has many other earthquake articles too.
Other Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Projects:
Japan Society of New York
Society of Boston Americares
(headquartered in Stamford, CT)
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