City College students collect donations for tsunami/quake ravaged Japan

(L-R) Shinn Tse, Akiyo Muramatsu, Saeko Imai, and Chris Davis plead for donations of any size for Japanese Tsunami victims on March 16 in Ram Plaza. PHOTO BY JESSICA NORTH / THE GUARDSMAN

By The Guardsman

City College Japanese students will hold a donation drive March 15 and 16 in Ram Plaza to collect money for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.

Students plan to collect donations from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days, with 100 percent of the money going to Japan through the Japanese Culture and Community Center of Northern California.

Students collect donations for Japan in City College’s Ram Plaza

City College student Wakako Kobayashi, who was born in Tokyo and came to the U.S. three years ago, said she hopes the money collected will be used to get water, food and heat to devastated Japan, but that it could also be used to help rebuild the country once it is stabilized.

Tokyo did not receive the brunt of the damage from the quake or tsunami, and Kobayashi said her family there was uninjured.

“My grandma is really scared,” she said. “She says she cannot stop shaking.”

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