Area residents and groups rally to support Japan and relief efforts

| 22 Feb 2012 | 05:15

    Are you, your group or organization involved in efforts to support Japan as it seeks to recover from the March 11earthquake and tsunami, which Japanese government officials said could cost $309 billion, making it the world’s most expensive natural disaster on record? If so, let The Photo News know. We’ll continue to publish the good work of individuals and organizations who are looking to make a difference. Send your information to: Japan’s initial estimate doesn’t include the impact of power shortages triggered by the nuclear power plant damage, so the overall economic impact could be even higher, including global repercussions. Here’s a beginning list. We look forward to hearing from you. Central Valley resident Elizabeth Howell, a Stella & Dot Jewelry stylist, is donating 100 percent of her earning from this week’s Web site sales to the Red Cross Fund Japan Relief Effort. To learn more and make a purchase, visit: Girls from Monroe Cadette Troops 569, 572 and 576 will be making origami cranes to send to the Girl Scouts of Japan as a symbol of solidarity this Saturday, March 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School cafeteria. Also known as “Sadako,” the origami cranes are considered an expression of friendship. The Girl Scouts of Japan made and mailed thousands of these cranes to the U.S. as an expression of peace and friendship after the Sept. 11 tragedy. All troops and girls are welcome. For instructions, see YouTube videos.