Japan relief fundraiser April 7
Zachary Stirewalt doesn't have any personal connection to Japan.
But that's not stopping the Appalachian State University sophomore and members of the university's Asian Student Association (ASA) from lending a hand.
"I just felt the need to raise awareness on campus, as well as help out any way I could," Stirewalt said.
That way is through flags. Last week, ASA started offering white and red surveyors' flags in exchange for donations to benefit Japanese earthquake relief.
"For each donation, we're going to put a ... flag into the ground to represent the Japanese flag," Stirewalt said.
The idea is to "sell" enough flags to create an image of the Japanese flag on Sanford Mall.
At last week's fundraiser, the organization raised approximately $1,600 in support, with checks going to the American Red Cross and cash donations to the Japanese Red Cross.
ASA hopes to repeat that success next Thursday, April 7, from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m. on Sanford Mall (weather permitting).
"It's going to be the same event we had this past Thursday," Stirewalt said. "We'll be collecting however much people want to donate."
But the April 7 event isn't the only way to help. According to Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT), ASU's student-community outreach organization, contact tables and collection jars have been set up throughout campus, including Plemmons Student Union, resident halls and academic buildings.
Stirewalt and company are also encouraging students to wear red and white on April 7 in recognition of the Japanese flag.
Students and community members can contribute to the cause by contacting (firstname.lastname@example.org) Check donations are tax-deductible. For more information, visit act.appstate.edu/pagesmith/215 or find "Japan Crisis Relief (AppState!)" on Facebook.