Find Out Where You Can Donate to Japanese Earthquake Relief Efforts
By EGP News Report
No strangers to the devastation that earthquakes can cause, Californians have nonetheless been stunned by the magnitude of the damage caused by the 9.0 earthquake in Japan last week, as well as the subsequent tsunami and the ongoing radiation threat from the badly damaged and compromised reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Donations have been slower to come in than for past earthquake relief efforts, with American donors giving at least $47 million as of Tuesday, according to a tally by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Many may be slow to donate because they see Japan as affluent and self-sufficient, according to some reports. Given the scope and magnitude of the disaster, donations are still very much needed, according to nonprofit relief groups.
Here are some ways you can make donations to help the relief effort in Japan:
Japanese Chamber of Commerce (UNICEF)
They are accepting donations on behalf of UNICEF until end of April. Make checks payable to U.S. Fund for UNICEF” with the note “Japan Disaster Fund.” Please send to JCC office at 244 So. San Pedro St. #504, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Civic Center Earthquake Relief Fund Drive (Thursday, Mar. 17)
Donations will be collected on behalf of the Japanese Red Cross throughout the day Thursday, Mar. 17, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. between 1st & Temple, outside Los Angeles City Hall. The drive is organized by the office of L.A. Councilwoman Jan Perry, RafuShimpo, LA 18, and L.A. Councilman Bernard Parks.
American Red Cross
Donations can also be made through the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. Donations can be mailed to American Red Cross National Headquarters, 2025 E St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20006. Donations can also be made at their website (https://www.redcross.org).
To contribute to this Culver City-based aid organization, text REBUILD to 50555 to donate $10, or visit their website (http://www.opusa.org) to make an online donation. They are assisting organizations in Japan with disaster relief. For more information call 1-800-678-7255 or visit their website.
International Medical Corps
The Santa Monica-based organization has an emergency response team on the ground in Japan, focusing on areas that have not yet been reached. Donate by calling their 24-hour phone line at 1-800-481-4462 or by mailing a check payable to “International Medical Corps” to ATTN: Development Department International Medical Corps, 1919 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 400, Santa Monica, CA 90404. You can also text MED to 80888 to give $10, or visit their website (http://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org).
They are working with the International Medical Corps, Save the Children and other organizations on the ground in Japan. Donate by going to their website (http://www.globalgiving.org) or text JAPAN to 50555 to donate $10.
March 17, 2011 Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.