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AR group taking donations to help Japan earthquake victims

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Relief is pouring in from all over the world including Arkansas.  A group of Japanese students at ASU is collecting money to donate to the American Red Cross.  It is their way of helping people in Japan, when they are so far away from home.

"I felt I'm very powerless because we can't do from here for the victims," said Kei Kimura.

Students from Japan are desperate to do something to help those who are struggling to survive after last week's earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

"At least we can try to do what we can do here even if it is a very small thing," said Kimura.

Students say they have asked professors and friends to donate to help the Japanese people and are now asking other classmates.

"As soon as we started people stopped by and see the pictures and news and donate their money," said Tonae Mitsuhashi, President of the Japanese Student Organization.

Students have printed out information and have taped up some photos that show the devastation, but even more compelling is the video showing the waves hitting and washing away buildings.

"I felt so sorry as a Japanese student so just it's hard to believe," said Mitsuhashi.

Most of the students learned about the quake when they awoke Friday morning.

"I got an email from my parents and the email said. ‘Everybody fine' because they are living in the middle part of Japan," said Mitsuhashi.

"My parents felt shake, but my hometown is center of the northern island so no buildings fall," said Kimura.

For the most part, ASU students haven't needed any encouragement to freely give to this cause.

"I can't describe in words but I really feel so thankful," said Kimura.

"I was very impressed because many people responded very quick and very kind," said Mitsuhashi.

These students are teaching others a lesson on perseverance, continuing to learn while their families remain back home unsure about what will happen next.

"Earthquake is disaster, so human can not change it," said Mitsuhashi.

If you would like to help students collect money you can stop by the ASU Student Union through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and drop off your donation.

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