Friday, 08 April 2011 19:25

Local Japan Relief Effort a Success

Local Japanese Relief Effort a Success

Decatur, AL – The Morgan County Economic Development Association (MCEDA) hosted a benefit reception Tuesday, April 5 at Fulin’s Asian Cuisine, located at The Crossings of Decatur, to help raise funds for disaster relief efforts in Japan and to show support of our local Japanese companies – Daikin America, Inc.; Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc. and Toray Fluorofibers (America), Inc.

With around 50 in attendance, the benefit raised approximately $35,000 which includes contributions from throughout Morgan County, as well as, individual donations from employees at Daikin, Toray Carbon Fibers and Toray Fluorofibers. The MCEDA office also received several donations by mail.

“We’re extremely pleased with the turnout and the amount of money donated,” said Jeremy Nails, President of Morgan County Economic Development Association. “We appreciate the support we received from the community for Japan and our local Japanese industries whose families, friends and co-workers have been affected by the earthquake, tsunami and evolving nuclear emergency.”

Tax deductible donations were made to the American Red Cross and were designated to the Japan Relief Effort. Morgan County’s contributions will be given in addition to the already committed initial amount of $60 million from the American Red Cross to the Japanese Red Cross. Red Cross is scaling up its relief operations to aid with providing life saving medical assistance and psychological counseling to hundreds of thousands of survivors who are now housed in evacuation centers, as well as, providing them with long-term recovery assistance.

Debbie Heard, Executive Director of the Morgan-Lawrence Chapter of the American Red Cross stated, “The Morgan-Lawrence Chapter is fortunate to live in such a generous community with corporate partners like Daikin and Toray that respond to disasters around the world and also locally. We are especially appreciative of the efforts of the Morgan County Economic Development office in arranging this opportunity for our community to donate to help relieve the immense suffering of the Japanese people and to help them recover.”

Donations can still be made to the American Red Cross by visiting www.redcross.org or contact Debbie Heard with our local chapter at 256-353-4891 for more information.

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