Updated: January 31, 2017


Disaster Relief Aid from Dallas

1. Assistance from City of Dallas

(1) Heart-warming letter

City of Dallas Mayor, Mr. Dwaine Caraway, sent a heart-felt letter about the earthquake to Mayor Okuyama on March 11, 2011.

2. Assistance from the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth (JASDFW)

(1)Sendai Relief Fund

The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth has established an emergency 'Sendai Relief Fund' to collect donations to aid recovery efforts in Sendai. The local TV station also took donations by phone from their studio.

On June 6th, 2011, JASDFW sent a part of the collected donations to the Lions Clubs International Foundation directly targeted towards Sendai relief efforts.

(2) Message Cards, Goodwill Banner

Many JASDFW members and friends signed the goodwill banner at the Hanami Cherry Blossom Viewing on March 27, 2011. JASDFW are also collecting 'Messages of Hope for Japan' on yellow star-shaped pieces of paper from people in Dallas.

message cards Cherry blossom viewing

(3) Courtesy Visit to Sendai City Hall (Added on 08.12.2011)

On July 6, 2011, the Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, Anna McFarland and two other representatives visited Sendai City Hall to show their support and give encouragement on behalf of Dallas for the people in Sendai who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. They brought Senbazuru (one thousand paper cranes), a “Messages of Hope” album, and a banner with messages that were collected in Dallas to give to Vice Mayor Ito.

Dallas Fortworth The America-Japan Society They visited Sendai City Hall

The Dallas delegation also visited Sendai International Relations Association (SIRA) at the Sendai International Center, and talked about the earthquake and future international friendship city exchanges.

Reference : SIRA’s blog( External link )

3. Other Assistance

(1)Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Benefit Concerts

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra held several benefit concerts at the Meyerson Symphony Center from March 31 to April 3, with the proceeds going to the Sendai Relief Fund.

Message for Sendai


Speech from Honorary Consulate-General


Dallas Fortworth The America-Japan Society's booth


Japanese flag


Photo01 - Students write messages of hope for Sendai.

Photo02 - The Honorary Consul General of Japan at Dallas, Mr.John M. Stich, gives a speech.

Photo03 - Collecting donations for the Sendai Relief Fund at DSO Benefit Concerts.

Photo04 - A Japanese flag hung on stage.

(2) Charity Art Auction

Local artists organized an art auction to benefit the JASDFW's Sendai Relief Fund at the Allied Stone on April 9, 2011.

 Art Auction 01 Art Auction 02
Charity Writing a message

(3) School Event

A 'Multicultural Night' took place at Skaggs Elementary School on March 31, 2011. Children displayed a message of hope to the people of Japan.

Multi Cultural Night

(4) Senbazuru (1,000 paper cranes) Project (Added on 08.12.2011)

Farmersville International School students folded 1,000 paper cranes in two months and the Senbazuru were given to the City of Sendai.

Farmersville International School

Farmersville International School students who participated in folding the Senbazuru

The teacher who put together the Senbazuru


(5) KERA Radio Station broadcasting “Letters from Sendai”(Added on 08.12.2011)

KERA Radio Station in Dallas broadcasts the program “Letters from Sendai” once a week. Letters written by people in Sendai are introduced with the aim of sharing what they experienced during the earthquake with people in the Dallas area. In each broadcast, they introduce their personal views of the earthquake as well as the process towards recovery.
Please access the following website to listen to their broadcasts and the English translated letters from Sendai.

KERA Official Website( External link )

You can view the messages from the City of Dallas here:

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