PALMER, Alaska — A fundraising effort is underway in Palmer to help its longtime Sister City, Saroma, in Japan.
"I heard almost immediately from those friends in Saroma that they had felt the earthquake but that they were not in any particular danger there wasn't any major damage there which I was very thankful for," said Linda Combs. She is the co-organizer of Palmer Saroma Kai, the organization to facilitate the Sister City relationship.
Saroma dodged much of the devastation the island nation endured after the earthquake and tsunami. But some say they worry that Saroma will be impacted as the country works to rebuild.
"Some individuals are concerned that in the weeks and months to come with the rebuilding that is going to have to happen after this sort of devastation that Saroma will be impacted in some ways either through refugees or possibly an important part of the rebuilding," said Combs. "We just want them to know that we support them and we support their country."