Tohoku-Pacific Earthquake Relief Donations
On March 11, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred in the Tohoku region of Japan. Minutes later, the coastline of the same area was struck by a massive tsunami. The damage seen on newscasts and websites is shocking and sobering for all of us. Every student and staff member at the OJLS has a connection to Japan in some way, whether it's family, hobbies, cultural interest or simply a love of the language. Japan and her people have given us many beautiful and interesting experiences, but now the Japanese people need our help.
OJLS will be collecting donations for earthquake relief on Saturday March 19 and 26. The fastest and most effective way to get aid to where it's needed is for us to donate money to an existing aid organization so that materials can be purchased in large, economical quantities as near to the affected areas as possible. For this reason, OJLS will only be accepting cash donations and we will immediately forward all donations to the Japan Red Cross. The OJLS Board of Directors is also organizing a donation-matching program, details will be available on Saturday at the school. A staff member will be located in the hallway near the school office to accept your donation.
If you would prefer to receive a tax receipt, you may donate on-line at: www.redcross.ca. Please be sure to select the "Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami" campaign. Online donations will still be eligible for donation-matching as long as a copy of the receipt is provided to the school. Thank you for your support.