As part of the ongoing charity efforts by the North American Anime Industry/Community The Unofficial One Piece Podcast held an "Anime Fans Give Back to Japan" 24 hour marathon fundraiser. The podcast was a 24-hour marathon featuring members of the North America anime/manga industry from 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Saturday, March 19 until 6:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 20.
Now the group via ANN has a released their fundraising totals.
ANN also has a nifty list of people who participated.At press time, the official website for the charity marathon stated that the event had raised US$31,515, which will be donated to the Global Giving charity organization. The website is also still taking donations, although its original goal was US$25,000.
I remember during the Shadow Chronicles Charity Screening at MechaCon n 2006 when the local head of the Salvation Army told me point blank that they were "forgotten" even though the need was so great. He said that every little bit helps a great deal and often can make a great difference in people lives as they get back on their feet.