Longleaf Coffee to host benefit for disaster-stricken Japan

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

March 23, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 22, 2011 at 10:23 p.m.

Hot coffee and fresh dessert are not the only goodies Longleaf Coffee Co. is dishing out these days.

The coffeehouse will be livening up the sleepy downtown nightlife Saturday with its Java for Japan concert.

Longleaf will donate 50 percent of sales made Saturday night to help Japan get back on its feet after a devastatingly deadly earthquake and tsunami almost two weeks ago, said Dana Moore, assistant manager.

"This is just something that I just felt we had to do," Moore said. "They're not alone."

Longleaf will feature three hours of music by the youth band at Faith Family Church.

Staff at Longleaf will be working for free those three hours.

"They're on board too," Moore said.

The money and donations Longleaf receives will be sent to Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides emergency relief internationally.

On Tuesday, the organization airlifted 93 tons of emergency aid to Japan, according to the organization's website.

Any help Longleaf can give is all Moore cares about.

"Personally, I was just devastated and heartbroken," Moore said about when she first heard of the quake and tsunami. "We want to hit them with a heart quake."



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