Japan Update 3/23/2011
The Red Cross is increasing relief efforts to meet the needs of victims from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that followed it, Redcross.org reports.
In addition to handing out around 125,000 blankets and 20,700 emergency kits which hold portable radios, flashlights and other everyday supplies that help evacuees cope with the cold weather and lack of electricity, the Japanese Red Cross Society is providing for approximately 264,000 people that are staying in 1,800 shelters around Japan. About 10,000 people leave the evacuation centers each day and return to their homes when electricity is restored, but many are unsure of their future.
The Japanese Red Cross is also involved with aiding those forced to leave their homes which had been in the “exclusion zone” in and around the nuclear facility in Fukushima, Japan.
As for American Red Cross aid and involvement,the Japanese Red Cross welcomes the support and partnership with the American Red Cross, and are very much grateful for it.
To date, the American Red Cross has made an initial contribution of $10 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society, with more financial aid to come through pledged money.
For the entire article, head to ‘Red Cross Scales Up Relief Efforts to Meet Huge Needs in Japan’ at www.redcross.org and keep checking back on Redcrossyouth.org for more updates!
Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Gifts to the American Red Cross will support disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami throughout the Pacific.