Gwinnett Festival Celebrates Diversity and Supports Japan Relief Efforts

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 Hundreds of Gwinnett County residents attended The Salvation Army’s Annual Festival of Cultures last Saturday to celebrate Gwinnett County’s multi-culturalism and raise funds to support the organization’s Japan Relief efforts.

The fifth annual cultural event featured musical performances, authentic attire, and native food and beverages from Korea, Africa, Germany, America, Jamaica, and Ethiopia.

Among the cuisines served were Buna (an Ethiopian coffee), Kim Chi (a spicy vegetable meal from Korea), Jamaican Jerk Chicken, and good ole’ American hushpuppies.

 “Last year, this event helped raise money to support our Haiti Relief efforts,” recalls Hazell Barrett, Festival of Cultures Coordinator.

“This year, donations will go to support our relief efforts in Japan through The Salvation Army’s World Service Programs,” says Captain Cameron Henderson, The Salvation Army Lawrencville’s Commanding Officer.

As of March 14, 2011, The Salvation Army in Japan has three emergency service relief teams operating in areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the north-east coast of the country last week. One of the teams is assisting people who have been evacuated from areas where there is potential danger because of damage to nuclear power generation stations. 

Immediately following the earthquake and tsunami an assessment team was sent from Tokyo to Sendai (the city nearest the center of the earthquake). It took the team 20 hours to travel a journey that usually is accomplished in six hours.

Arrangements are being made for emergency service personnel from The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) to go to Japan to assist with the Army’s relief effort.

There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Japan:

–              Text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
–              By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
–              On-line at: http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
–              By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to

The Salvation Army World Service Office
International Relief Fund
PO Box 630728
Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

To see photos from the Festival of Cultures, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/salvationarmyatlanta/sets/72157626138706737/show/ of find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/salvationarmymetroatlanta.

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