HATTIESBURG, WDAM - Relief efforts are underway in Japan to help re-establish areas that were demolished in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami less than one month ago. And students at Southern Miss are trying to help.
USM students have organized an ongoing fundraiser, called Project Japan, in order to lend a hand to the devastated country.
Students are handing out fliers, asking for donations, and will start selling t-shirts to encourage people to donate throughout the month of April.
Randi Silas, a senior Human Resources/Business Administration major, says she wanted to volunteer for Project Japan because Japanese students gave their part when students at USM needed help. She said, "We have a sister university over in Japan, and after Katrina happened, they sent us a check to help out with repairs and things of that nature, and we feel it's only right to help them do the same thing."
Southern Miss is even planning a "Jam for Japan" fundraising event that will feature a DJ, food, a 'dunk your professor' booth, and the USM version of "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," set for next Wednesday.