New York News
Special NYC service for Japan victims
UPPER WEST SIDE (WABC) -- Japan was on the minds and in the hearts of those who gathered for a special memorial service on the Upper West Side.
On this day set aside for one's faith, there is a sense of uncertainty during this special memorial service at the New York Buddhist Church.
Many of its members have lost relatives and friends in northeast Japan.
People like Kazuko Sato.
She grew up about 55 miles north of Sendai.
"That's so heartbreaking to see all the videos and photo but you can't do anything. Just pray for their safety," Sato said.
This is one of many Buddhist organizations that has joined hands, acting as a conduit for those in need of support.
About 1/4 of its members have roots in Japan and are still not sure where things stand back home.
"Everyone was on the phone calling up friends and relatives in Japan and some haven't heard yet because people were taken to evacuation shelters that have no communications at all," NY Buddhist Church member Nancy Okada said.
The church is collecting donations that will be sent to their national headquarters in Kyoto.
new york city, japan earthquake, new york news, kemberly richardson
- Hundreds still missing in South Korea ferry disaster
- AccuWeather: Clear and chilly
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- DISH Network signs on for WATCH ABC app
- Photos: South Korea ferry disaster
- Sketch released in Upper East Side jewelry robbery
- NYC mayor to announce Sandy recovery reforms
- Man arrested in Queens anti-Muslim harassment on bus
- Pair robs 4 Brooklyn banks in 2-hour span
- Queens serial robber caught on surveillance camera
- Man caught on camera using cloned ATM card 11 min ago
- BridgeGate panel could call Gov. Chris Christie to testify
- New York political leader Basil Paterson dies at 87 11 min ago
- Photos: Famous deaths in 2014 51 min ago