Your Donations at Work

Japan Tsunami/Earthquake


Officials from the Japanese Red Cross are grateful for the donations from the American Red Cross to support their earthquake and tsunami response. “At a time when the Japanese Red Cross is providing medical assistance, blankets, and other humanitarian care to tens of thousands of Japanese who have been devastated by earthquakes, a tsunami, and evacuations occasioned by nuclear power crises, the Japanese Red Cross is extremely grateful for the financial assistance being provided by the American people and the American Red Cross,” said Naoki Kokawa, Director, International Department of the Japanese Red Cross.

Donations to the Japanese Red Cross come as Japan continues to work to recover from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as well as newer developments such as aftershocks, last month’s flooding, and the onset of summer heat.


The Japanese Red Cross has made significant progress five months after the devastating disasters struck the country’s northeast coastline on March 11. The American Red Cross is aiding programs designed to meet the continuing emergency and longer-term recovery needs of more than 90,000 families living in evacuation centers and temporary housing.

With funding provided by the American Red Cross, more than 36,000 families have already received a set of household appliances, including a washing machine, refrigerator, microwave, rice cooker and hot water dispenser, for their temporary homes. As the temperature rises, seasonal appliances, such as electric fans, will be considered for future distributions.

As the Red Cross provides families with household appliances, they are also improving water and sanitation systems and providing comfort items for those who still remain at the evacuation centers.

The Red Cross continues to build up the number of caregivers and psychological support teams working in evacuation centers and nursing homes to address mental health issues, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety amongst survivors. The Japanese Red Cross has established two psychological support centers and deployed more then 465 counselors to work with the affected population. As of late June, nearly 9,400 survivors had benefited from this outreach.

As of July 7, the American Red Cross had raised more than $275 million for the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami response. This figure includes more than $4.5 million in text donations. As these pledges are fulfilled and other donations are received, the American Red Cross will make additional contributions to the Japanese Red Cross recovery plan.

The American Red Cross depends on public generosity to fulfill their mission to transform lives of crisis into lives of hope. The outpouring of support from across the United States is having a great impact on those in Japan—whether it’s temporary housing and lifesaving medical care or household appliances often taken for granted but now putting thousands of families on the road to recovery. This disaster changed lives. With your donation to the American Red Cross, you will too.



American Red Cross Greater New York

For over 100 years the American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY) has provided the basic needs—food, clothing, shelter, emotional support—to New Yorkers whose lives have been disrupted by emergencies. These services are core to ARC/GNY’s mission of helping the more than nine million people who live in New York City and Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Sullivan counties prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

From January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011, the volunteers and employees of the American Red Cross in Greater New York accomplished the following:
1,159 Responses to fires, building collapses, blackouts, floods and other emergencies
6,869 Adults and children assisted with food, shelter and/or counseling following a disaster

When disaster strikes your donations can accomplish the following:
$1 Five 8-oz. bottles of drinking water
$10 Two warm meals for someone who has lost their home in a fire
$25 Five blankets at a Red Cross shelter
$50 A one-week supply of baby food/formula for an infant left homeless

Comfort kits—soap, shampoo, shaving gel, deodorant, toothpaste—for 50 people left homeless

$500 Home clean-up kits—buckets, brooms, cleaning agents and more—for 25 families affected by a flood
$1,000 Food, housing and other emergency assistance for 3 nights for a family of 4 displaced by a disaster
$5,000 Support for one Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle—providing 250 meals a day for 3 days
Care for 200 people for 1 night in a Red Cross shelter

The American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY) operates the largest and busiest disaster-response program in the nation, providing assistance, compassion and comfort to as many as 100,000 New Yorkers affected by approximately 3,000 emergencies—home fires, building collapses, floods and more—each year.

ARC/GNY relief workers—volunteers and employees—arrive at emergencies within minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, an average of 8 times a day, and provide food, shelter, health services and mental-health counseling to the thousands of adults and children affected by these emergencies.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers, and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information about how you can help, call 1-877-RED CROSS (1-877-733-2767).
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