West Bountiful resident Etsuko Chidester and her husband served missions in the very area that was hardest hit by the tsumani, Sendai.
“All our friends have been calling and asking, ‘What can we do?’” said Chidester. “We quickly decided to do this fund-raiser.”
Chidester and Kazumi Pack, who is also helping organize the project, will be collecting donated items for sale, in addition to cash donations, on Friday, March 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. They will also be collecting donations on Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Founder’s Park in Centerville, 300 North 100 East.
The money they collect from the sales of donated items will be given to the Humanitarian Services program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Checks can be written to the church, with a notation that the money is for emergency services in Japan.
“I know quite a few people from that area,” said Chidester. “The place (most heavily damaged) we keep seeing over and over again is the place where the sister missionaries had their apartment.
“Most of our investigators are safe, but I think many people died and they will discover many more.”
Businesses donating items to be sold at the fund-raising event include Doterra Essential Oils, Windy’s Sukiyaki, Lace for Louise and Great Harvest.