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Texas A&M Community Offering Support to Japan Disaster Victims

It's hard for many of us to fathom the amount of devastation and suffering that has happened in Japan because of the tsunami and the earthquake that started it.

Meanwhile students, faculty, and staff at Texas A&M are coming together to help the people of Japan.

The signs of support began showing up the first class day back from Spring Break.

The Texas A&M community is rallying together to help a nation half a world away.

Kotaro Yamafune is a grad student here and member of the Japan Club. He organized the fundraiser to help those suffering back home.

"Even short message, that small message is gonna encourage Japanese people because we want to tell them, the entire world are praying for you, just please drop by and write short message," said Kotaro Yamafune, who is from Kyoto, Japan.

Over at Rudder Tower, Texas A&M Researcher Xi Chen was also volunteering to raise awareness. She lived in Japan for ten years and is a native of China.

"The CNN news right now they're more focused on nuclear plants and right now it's more Libya than Japan and people focus on the war, maybe day after day they will forget this earthquake, how people suffered this earthquake so we do this, want to keep more concern," said Xi Chen.

Sophomore Evan Lange was just one of hundreds to answer the call.

"I gave a dollar I mean I know that's not much but it is what I can do and I want to help out the people in Japan because obviously the situation is pretty rough over there, especially earthquakes, tsunami and the nuclear crisis is a triple whammy," said Evan Lange, a Texas A&M International Studies Sophomore.

"We're going to send your message to Japan.. on the flag, any message is fine," said Kotaro Yamafune.

Volunteers will also be accepting donations for Japan on Tuesday and Wednesday at three locations including:
11 A.M. until 8 P.M. at Sbisa Plaza
11 A.M. until 6 P.M. at the Academic Building
11 A.M. until 6 P.M. at Rudder Tower.

Money raised will be sent to the American Red Cross, while the two flags will be sent to the Japanese Red Cross.


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