Japan continues to fight after an earthquake and tsunami hit their shores.
For some of Troy University's students this disaster hit close to home.
News 4's Denise Bradberry spoke with a couple of Troy's Japanese students today.
These students may be here in Alabama but their hearts are with family and friends back home in Japan.
One girl told me she feels helpless being so far away.
“I didn’t find out until like 3 hour after the earthquake hit. I was traveling and my friend texted me and said Miki I pray for your people and your country and I was like “what is she talking about” and I turned the TV on and it was everywhere,” says Japanese Troy Student Miki Kashiwa.
“The first time I heard about it I was actually in Europe. I was on my Spring Break trying to have fun but after I heard it I was so scared, I couldn’t, I tried to reach my family right away,” says Japanese Troy Student Eiji Moriya.
They say it’s heartbreaking to see the images on television and in the papers.
“It’s destroyed,” says Kashiwa, “I couldn’t believe it I mean who can believe that kind of video it’s like it’s a movie.”
Although these students are in America, friends and family in Japan are on their minds.
“They keep saying they’re fine because they don’t want me to be worried but the only thing they’re worried about is radiation stuff from the nuclear plants,” says Moriya.
“I have relatives that live in Sendai and that’s where the tsunami hit and it’s just, I honestly thought they died. You know but thank God they’re still alive and they have a house standing,” says Kashiwa.
Now they’re trying to raise funds on Troy’s campus to donate to the Red Cross to use back home.
“I just want them to know and I just want them to care about my country because it’s a really bad disaster it’s the biggest disaster since I was born so I just want American students to know that,” says Moriya.
“The bible says to love your neighbor as yourself. I’m not there but they’re still my friends and they’re my family and that’s my country that’s where my heart belongs,” says Kashiwa.
A second group of troy students is joining the effort.
The art club is selling t-shirts with designs that say "Hope for Japan"
These students have created several different designs and are screen printing them by hand so they can send every cent of the money they make to the "red cross" and "save the children"
One student told me he got involved because he has friends in Japan and wanted to do anything he could to help.
These shirts are selling for $15.
They also made bracelets and sticker decals.
After the first day of sales, they’ve already raised over a thousand dollars.
For more information on how to buy a t-shirt you can find them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189783671059914&index=1 .
Or you can call Andrew Zerick at (334) 488-3705.