S.F. Community Center Establishes Relief Fund

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) in San Francisco’s Japantown has established a relief fund for the earthquake/tsunami victims in Japan.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to Japan and in particular the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tohoku region of northern Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011,” said JCCCNC Executive Director Paul Osaki. “We know from our experience and relief efforts with the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake of 1995, that there will be more bad news to come as the recovery and rescue efforts continue.

“We all want to do something but at times can feel helpless watching the television and the internet trying to absorb all the devastation and destruction. Already we have received hundreds of calls from ordinary people wanting to know how they could help.

“Earlier today we established the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. 100% of the donations will go directly towards citizen relief efforts in the most affected areas. At this time the JCCCNC is only accepting cash donations. Please, no relief goods or supplies.

“In 1995, the JCCCNC raised over $600,000 towards citizen relief efforts for the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake that killed over 6,000 people and left over 300,000 people homeless. The donations received helped organize volunteer efforts to get food and water directly to the victims, citizen search efforts, clothing for those that lost their homes, essential supplies for women, children and especially seniors and we helped to feed and rebuild orphanages in Kobe.

“The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) was established as a 501 c-3 non-profit organization in California in 1973.  The JCCCNC serves over 185,000 individuals a year and conducts numerous exchange programs between the United States and Japan.  In spring of 2009, the JCCCNC led a tour to Sendai, Japan.

“To donate please visit our website, www.jcccnc.org, or call (415) 567-5505.

“Go to our Facebook Cause page:  http://www.causes.com/causes/590211-northern-japan-earthquake-relief-fund?m=9e4cc0c7&recruiter_id=64959010

“Donations can also be sent to JCCCNC, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115. All donations will be acknowledged.

“We will be posting websites and other information about how to locate friends and family in the Tohoku prefectures.

“The true test of a friendship is being there during the worst of times. We know that you join us in sending our thoughts and prayers to our friends throughout Japan.”

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