Nihonmachi Little Friends to Raise Relief Funds

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SAN FRANCISCO — Concerned about the devastation caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan and wanting to do something to help the people there, the K-5 (kindergarten through Grade 5) children at Nihonmachi Little Friends’ After School Program plan to hold a garage sale to raise money for relief efforts.

The sale will take place at NLF’s Sutter Site preschool at 1830 Sutter St. in San Francisco on Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 100 percent of the money raised will be donated directly to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund established by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.

NLF, a Japanese bilingual, multicultural child-care organization based in San Francisco’s Japantown, fosters a sense of community in its students by participating in various community events, such as the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival in April. While the garage sale promotes this objective, it also enables the children to realize that, despite their young age, they still have something to contribute and can help.

“I can give away my baby toys to help babies in Japan,” one kindergarten child proudly declared.

NLF’s After School Program students are very excited about the upcoming benefit and have helped spread the word to their families, friends, and schools.  During their free time, they have been making flyers to publicize the event.

The proceeds of NLF’s sale will be matched at 50 percent by the Minami Tamaki LLP law firm. Minami Tamaki has a long history of community involvement, including its support to preserve NLF’s historic 1830 Sutter building for continued service to the Japantown community.

“This garage sale is one example of how we are able to continue the building’s legacy of service,” said NLF Executive Director Cathy Inamasu.

The public is encouraged to check out this sale. Shoppers can find some hidden treasures at great bargains, while helping contribute to relief efforts. As kindergartener Alex Ohlenschlager said, “I want to bring some good stuff to people of Japan!”

For more information, call (415) 922-8898.

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