While it is impossible to change what happened when the earthquake struck Japan, a group of William Woods University students is collecting spare change for relief efforts to “Make Change Happen.”
The Multicultural Affairs Club at William Woods has placed containers around campus to collect extra nickels, dimes and quarters.
The project started April 6 and will last until finals week, the first week of May. To add an element of competition, the students and faculty/staff are competing to see who can raise the most money. At the end of the competition, the money will be collected and donated to the Red Cross to support the relief efforts in Japan.
Jessica Bargate, president of the Multicultural Club, said the idea was inspired by a YouTube video.
“There’s this series of videos called playing for change,” she said. “All these different artists from all over the world are playing the same song for change. It was just really inspiring to me that they could come together for a common cause, and that’s what I wanted William Woods to do—to come together to make change happen.”
Although the disaster was devastating to everyone, it especially hit home for Tammy Carter, advisor of the Multicultural Club. At an event to announce the project, she explained why—she lived in Japan for almost nine years and even gave birth to one of her daughters while living there.
She recounted the first time she experienced an earthquake there. “I was lying in bed and I thought I felt the bed moving, but I thought it was just morning sickness or something because I was expecting my second daughter. We had pendulum lights in the ceiling and I noticed they were swinging around and around. We got under these special tables meant to protect from earthquakes.”
Luckily, Carter and her family were fine, but obviously she relates to the fear of going through an earthquake. She also spoke about the people she met there and became friends with.
“I made numerous friends. I didn’t keep up with everyone, and it grieves my heart because I don’t know if some of these people were hurt or if they’re deceased.”
Students and faculty have already begun collecting their change, and hope to have a big donation to give to The Red Cross. With the help of the students, faculty and staff, William Woods will help make change happen for the victims in Japan.
Containers like this are being used to collect spare change at William Woods University for Japanese relief efforts.
Jessica Bargate, president of the Multicultural Club
Tammy Carter, advisor of the Multicultural Club