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Aflac works to raise funds for Japan

By Mackenzie Patterson - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Japan paused at 2:46 in the afternoon, local time today for a moment of silence to mark one week since the magnitude 9.0 quake struck.  The tsunami that followed knocked out power to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  But now, officials say radiation coming from the plant is not at harmful levels.  One local company with major ties to Japan is giving back to the disaster-ravaged country

For the past week, we have seen images of complete devastation and destruction in Japan. Videos of buildings covered in water, cars floating like toys, and roads completely in crumbles.  Relief efforts are ongoing throughout the world, and in Columbus, Aflac is reaching out with a big message in little packaging: bracelets.  Each bracelet has the Japanese characters that stand for bond, a close association, the Aflac duck, and the English word together.

Audrey Tillman, Executive Vice President for Aflac Corporate Services, told News Leader Nine said the bracelet was an effort from Aflac offices in the United States as well as Japan.

"The U.S. Employees thought it was really important to have Japanese language on the bracelets, but we heard from the Japanese that they really wanted English on the bracelet," said Tillman.

Aflac employees can donate $5 and get the bracelet as a gift in return.  All donations go to the Red Cross relief efforts.

"We want our people in Japan to know that we're with them.  That we are indeed together.  That we have the bond between the two countries and the two locations for Aflac," said Tillman.

Aflac employees, like Susan Goodsell, also took the time to send a personal message to her Japanese counterparts.

"I wanted to let them know that we know that they are a strong people, a strong nation, and that they will come back from this," said Goodsell.

Employees are not the only ones showing support for Japan. Their children, at Aflac's Imagination Station, are worked on a banner to send to Japan.

Due to the huge turnover of donations, they are  having to re-order more bracelets.  you can log on to the Aflac Duck's facebook page or aflac.com to make donations to the Red Cross as well.

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