Tupelo joins relief effort for Japan

TUPELO – A citywide fundraising campaign will help relief efforts in Japan, which suffered triple devastation this month with an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
Although backed by the city, the campaign is the brainchild of Shogun Japanese Restaurant owner Jack Lim, who offered the first donation – $3,000.
“We need to help,” Lim said at a press conference Tuesday with Mayor Jack Reed Jr. at City Hall. “We need to come together to help. These people, they have no food, no water, no house.”
Lim, who grew up in Korea, said that after the tragedies, he immediately wanted to help but didn’t know where to send his money.
He contacted the city, which quickly identified a reliable organization to take the funds: the Japan-America Society of Mississippi. The nonprofit organization will send funds directly to relief agencies inside Japan to provide basic needs like food, water, shelter and medical support.
“I’ve heard some say over the last two weeks that Japan doesn’t need our help because it’s a rich country,” said Tom Eason, JASMIS treasurer. But, he added, that that notion is false.
Tax-deductible donations to the “Tupelo Supports Japan Fund” can be sent to the CREATE Foundation or delivered to the mayor’s office at City Hall until April 6.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@journalinc.com.

How to donate
– Send your tax-deductible donation to the “Tupelo Supports Japan” fund to the CREATE Foundation, P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS, 38802. Donations also can be dropped off at the mayor’s office at City Hall or at restaurants with donation boxes. For credit card donations,
call CREATE at (662) 844-8989.
The Tupelo Public School District also will participate in the effort.

Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal