Tupelo ends Japan aid collection

TUPELO – A citywide fundraiser to aid disaster recovery in Japan ended this week with more than $8,500.
Mayor Jack Reed Jr. presented the money to Thom Eason of the Japan-America Society of Mississippi during a brief ceremony Thursday at Shogun Japanese Restaurant. It was Shogun owner Jack Lim who had spearheaded the campaign in March, offering the first pair of donations totaling $3,000.
Lim, who grew up in Korea, said that after the tragedies, he immediately wanted to help. Japan had suffered triple devastation this year with an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
The nonprofit JASMIS organization now will send funds directly to relief agencies inside the country. Funds raised by the Tupelo effort will provide basic needs like food, water, shelter and medical support.
Other organizations, including Renasant Bank and BancorpSouth, also had collected money for Japan through their own fundraising efforts.
“We were overwhelmed with the amount of support we experienced with our Tupelo Supports Japan Fund,” Reed said. “Local citizens, businesses, schools and churches all pitched in to help make this project possible. Through this project, as well as our ongoing tornado relief efforts, we are reminded that the ‘Tupelo Spirit’ shines through when there are people in need, whether here at home or across the globe.”
The city currently is accepting donations for nearby communities devastated by last week’s tornadoes.

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@journalinc.com.

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