Clay County Chamber of Commerce board member and YMCA of Clay County CEO Deborah Plummer told The Brazil Times the chamber recently discussed the issue during a board meeting.
Following the meeting, the board unanimously decided to help with relief for Japan following a devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged part of the country.
"We discussed how to donate from our community," YMCA CEO Deborah Plummer said.
Chamber of Commerce Ted Paris said the idea spawned from a conversation he had with a local resident.
"I thought it would be nice," Paris said. "It shows we care and want to help our friends in the Far East."
As a result, the YMCA of Clay County, Chamber of Commerce, Allstate Insurance, Terre Haute Savings Bank (Brazil branch), Riddell National Bank and The Brazil Times have been designated as drop-off sites for donations.
Check donations may be dropped off at any of the sites. The Chamber is located at 535 E. National Ave., Brazil, while Allstate is at 213 E. National Ave. In addition, Riddell National Bank is at 1 E. National Ave., and Terre Haute Savings Bank (Brazil branch) is at 260 E. National Ave. The Times' office is located at 100 N. Meridian St.
Cash donations may be dropped off at the YMCA, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil.
Each week until April 30, Chamber Executive Director Tiffany Cook will pick up the donations and deliver them to the YMCA. A weekly tally will be kept regarding the donations.
Those making a donation via check should make it out to the YMCA of Clay County and mark it for Japan.
All the donations will be injected into the YMCA of the USA account and then sent to the YMCA of Japan for disaster relief.
Plummer said the national YMCA established the relief fund, adding all donations are tax deductible.
In addition, those wishing to make a donation through the Internet may access http://ymca.net. From there, users may scroll down to the lower left hand side of the website and click on "Japan Relief Update."