21 years ago, I was in Ishinomaki, Japan as a Summer Foreign Exchange Student with the Lions Club Exchange program. 21 years ago, I never thought that I would be putting together a fundraiser to help raise money for my friends of Ishinomaki. A report I read yesterday stated that Ishinomaki, Japan was untouched by World War II and the last big Tsunami was in 900 AD. It has been over 1000 years since they have faced a disaster of this magnitude.
I want to do something. I want to help my friends. But what can I do to make a difference?
After a week of blogging and crying, I had to go back to work. I teach 7 classes at Southern Utah University, in Cedar City Utah. I have over 300 students. GREAT STUDENTS, who I love and respect! I shared my desire with my students. Like I said, they are great students and they came up with several great ideas. I loved the slogan School to School. We thought about how SUU could help a school in Ishinomaki. We thought about doing a 5K, putting cans at local businesses to help raise money. We discussed who to work with.
It wasn’t until the end of the week that I thought of my friend Tony and Dixie Direct in St George, Utah.Dixie Direct is a local discount book/card that is sold to help groups raise money for schools. Local Businesses offer promotional deals like 2-4-1 meals, tickets… There are great golf discounts and several restaurants offer 10% off all year. I called Tony last week and he gave me a trunk load of books to sell. The books are $35.00 and we get to keep $17.50. If 100 students sell 1 book each that is 1,750. If all of my students sell just one book that is over $5,000.
This past week students volunteered to sell books to help raise money for Japan. I handed out over 100 books to students so far. And we just started this week. Hopefully we will be able to send a big donation from SUU and Dixie Direct. I will keep you posted on how much we are able to raise and where the money goes!
If anyone is local and is interested in buying a dixie direct book to help us raise money for Japan, feel free to contact me via the contact page and I will get you a dixie direct book.