A group of Stony Brook University students, faculty and staff have raised more than $26,000 for earthquake victims in Japan through lectures, collection boxes and other fundraisers on campus.
The money was sent to Japan Society, an American nonprofit organization, and will aid any immediate need in the relief effort, said Jeffrey Barnett, assistant dean of students and co-leader of the earthquake response team.
The full $26,443.63 donation will be used to help victims, said Eriko Sato, professor and team co-leader, because Japan Society has absorbed the costs of establishing the earthquake relief fund.
The Stony Brook team began the relief effort immediately after the disaster, Barnett said, and was overwhelmed by the response.
“We were inundated by emails and phone calls from across the campus with general support and offers to help in any way,” he said.
The effort began with a lecture series to help the community understand what had happened, Barnett said.
“Each one was packed with hundreds of people,” he said. “Boxes went around the lecture halls and they were quite full.”
The team also held concerts, bake sales, raffles and other events, Barnett said.
Sato, a professor of Japanese who is from Japan, said she was touched by the campus community’s kindness.
“In the donation boxes, we saw many $100 bills, and we have no idea who they were from,” she said.