As we’re sure you’ve heard by now, Japan was hit with an 8.9 magnitude earthquake on Friday, March 11. As a result of the earthquake, a massive tsunami crashed on to the Japanese shore. Thousands have been reported dead and many, many more are injured or missing. For those that survived, it’s still extremely difficult to endure—currently 4.4 million homes are without electricity.
Though thousands of volunteers, emergency responders and medical teams are on the ground in the affected area, there is still much help needed. If you’re looking for a way to donate, please see how both the Canadian and American Red Cross are responding, and how you can lend a hand in this time of tragedy.
From their respective websites:
http://www.redcross.ca/: Canadians wishing to help support relief efforts underway are encouraged to contribute by:
- Donating online
- Calling 1-800-418-1111
- By texting the word ASIA to 30333 to make a one-time donation of $5
- By contacting their local Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2
http://redcross.org: Americans wishing to donate to relief efforts in Japan can use the following options:
- Call 1-800-REDCROSS
- Donate online
- Send donations directly to the American Red Cross
- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to Give $10
Here at Etón, we’re also taking great strides to help provide relief to those in Japan. Please stay tuned to find out how you can help us impact the lives of those in distress.