Tuesday, April 12, 2011

UPDATED: Giving Guide to Local Aid Efforts for Japan

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM

This list of businesses, organizations and do-gooders are donating all or a portion of sales or proceeds to aid efforts in Japan. We'll update the list as we hear of new events, promotions, etc. Drop us a line at editor@boiseweekly.com to have your fundraising or thing-raising effort added to the list, or leave a comment below with contact information and we'll take it from there.


- Boise Weekly: Along with other alt weeklies across the country, Boise Weekly is working with the International Rescue Committee to raise money for Japan.
IRC plans to donate all money raised through this effort to Peace Winds Japan:

IRC’s support is going initially to the aid organization Peace Winds Japan. The group has been providing shelter, water, sanitation, food and economic recovery assistance to victims of conflict and natural disasters since 1996. In response to the earthquake and tsunami, the organization has chartered helicopters and has been flying to the affected area with food, fuel, blankets, tents and other emergency supplies and will adapt their response as conditions evolve.

Read more about IRC. To donate ($10 minimum), click here.

- Geek Boutique: The local geek-themed clothing and accessories crafter is donating a portion of every sale from now through at least December to Japan aid relief through the American Red Cross.
Visit My geek Boutique on Facebook for more or mygeekboutique.net.

- Idaho Japanese Association: The IJA is spearheading fundraising efforts through several different avenues. Proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Donation boxes are set up at the following local businesses:
Boise Co-op
Brick Oven Bistro
ChrioStrategy Chiropractic and Northside Chiropractic
Goldy's Breakfast Bistro
Idaho Eyecare Center
Idaho Power (downtown Boise office)
Kranz Chiropractic
The Library Coffeehouse
Mai Thai
Platt Electric Supply
Postal Plus
St. Al's Cancer Care Center
Shige Japanese Cuisine
Simple Sushi
Sono Bana Sushi
Waterstone Mortgage Corporation
Yoi Tomo Sushi
Yokozuna Teriyaki

Donation boxes are also set up at the following schools:
Boise High School
Eagle Montessori
East Junior High School
Highlands Elementary
Lakewood Montessori
Les Bois Junior High School
New Horizon Academy (West Ustick)
Parkcenter Montessori
Renaissance High School
Riverside Elementary
White Pine Elementary

The Idaho Japanese Association also plans to host Idaho Japan Aid as a fundraising event on Sunday, April 17, 2-5 p.m., at the Nampa Civic Center.
For details on IJA, volunteering for the Idaho Japan Aid fundraiser, or any of IJA's fundraising efforts visit IJA on Facebook or at idahojapaneseassociation.org.


Mai Thai: In addition to the IJA's donation boxes, Mai Thai in downtown Boise will be donating 3 percent of its sales April 17 to April 23 to the American Red Cross to aid Japan's disaster victims.

- PalmerCash: The universally loved, Boise-based T-shirt maker has developed a line of shirts featuring the prefecture and city symbols of the areas most badly affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
From palmercash.com:

ALL PROFITS from sales of these shirts will go directly to the relief efforts to aid Japan. Thanks for helping us help Japan in this time of need.

Check out the line of shirts and purchase one.

- Pampered Chef with Marliece: Local Pampered Chef host Marliece Thomas will donate a minimum of 20 percent of sales to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund. Get details and place orders at Thomas' Pampered Chef page or on Facebook at Pampered Chef with Marliece.

Shoe Fetish: The Ninth Street shoe store is a collection point for Soles4Souls, an international shoe charity. Currently, the organization is accepting shoes and donations for victims of Japan's disasters. Drop off a pair of gently used or new shoes to Shoe Fetish and receive 10 percent off the purchase of a new pair. Kids, women's and men's shoes are needed, and no purchase is necessary to donate.

The Sushi Bar: The McCall sushi restaurant has a special menu with sushi rolls ranging from $5 to $25, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the Red Cross. There's also a cash donation box set-up on site. More information at sushibarmccall.com.

Toni Draws: Local portrait artist Toni McMillan has seven artist proofs of a drawing she created of Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, which have been signed by the governor and are available for sale to raise funds for Japan relief aid. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross. McMillan will be at the Idaho Japan Aid fundraiser on Sunday, April. 17.

- World Relief: The international refugee aid organization with an office in Boise, is running a text donation campaign. Text WAVE to 50555 to give $10 to Japan relief efforts.

We will continue to update this list in the coming weeks. To add your event or fundraising drive to the list, e-mail editor@boiseweekly.com.

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