FORT LEE - The Helping Hands project to assist children first started at Fort Lee School Number 3 after the earthquake in Haiti.

With the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, students at the elementary school decided they wanted to help the victims of the dual disaster.

About 90 Japanese-American students attend the elementary school. Of those students, many of them have relatives living in Japan who face an uncertain future. Principal Robert Kravitz told News 12 New Jersey that for the Helping Hands campaign, each child is asked to make a donation and decorate a hand. The school also hosted a bake sale today and has raised more than $4,000 since Wednesday.