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How We Are Helping After the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami

Photo from Japanese Red Cross

Update 3/16/11: From the Japanese Red Cross: “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.

Update 3/15/11: We’ve made an initial financial contribution of 10 million dollars to the Japanese Red Cross. Read more here.

We’ve received an incredible amount of support from the public following the devastating earthquake in Japan and ensuing Pacific tsunami last Friday. As always, we are grateful for your support and will channel your donations in a way that is both responsible and effective in meeting the survivors’ humanitarian needs.

We’ve also noticed that there is some confusion about how the American Red Cross works to provide aid in a situation like this. Below is an explanation that should help clarify.

Officials from the Japanese Red Cross have indicated they would be grateful for donations from the American Red Cross to support their earthquake and tsunami response. The American Red Cross also aided the Japanese during the Kobe earthquake in 1995, and they, in turn, sent us help during 9-11 and Katrina.

We’ve established a designation for Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief. This designation targets relief not only in Japan, but in many other locations that were affected by the Pacific tsunami, including Hawaii and parts of the US West Coast.

As many of you may know, the American Red Cross is a member of the world’s largest humanitarian network, comprising the International Committee of the Red Cross and 186 national societies. In this case, the Japanese Red Cross is a strong national society; in fact, they dispatched 95 response teams within the first 48 hours after the quakes hit.

In order to respect the independence of each country’s national society, the American Red Cross only responds to a disaster overseas with the permission of the Red Cross or Red Crescent national society in the affected country. When a Red Cross in another country reaches out for international assistance following a disaster, we can respond by deploying skilled people, mobilizing relief supplies or providing financial assistance. The American Red Cross has a cadre of emergency response workers, who are specially trained in international emergency operations.

At the request of the Japanese Red Cross, we dispatched a disaster management expert from Washington, DC to Japan for a week-long mission yesterday. She will serve on a seven person international team focused on providing high level support and advice to the Japanese Red Cross.

We may provide cash for the rapid purchase of the most needed supplies. If supplies are not available in the affected country, we can release stocks of disaster relief items from our warehouses stationed around the world.

Our support will continue as the full impact of the earthquake and resulting tsunami becomes more clear. We will continue to work with the Japanese Red Cross and provide assistance as determined through this partnership. Our assistance is made possible by the generous contributions from our donors.

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  1. I would like to donate money towards the disaster relief. I would like to donate money, but do not want to have it taken out of my account automatically. Is there an account number I can have so I can pay the bill online?

  2. I donated $2.24. That’s all my money. I am age 5. I’m going to give a lot more money, because I can earn some money. I am going to give all my allowance. — Firefly

    I taught my daughter about what the Red Cross does and she wanted to help.
    — Her mom

  3. I Am a single, reasonably fit, Available man, currently living in the UK. After seeing the Horrors unfolding on the news, since friday in Japan. I am willing to offer my time in doing volontary work through the Red Cross in Whatever capacity, helping to contribute to help put the country back together again. My Reason for Wanting to do this is because, After first Visiting Thailand, a few years ago, after their Tsunami , I Realized, even enduring all the problems in my life that i have been through, knowing survivors from the uk from that tsunami, & then meeting many people who had survived, but lost loved ones, have made me feel humble. Please Phone ASAP

  4. Are you taking only money or are you also taking other items such as food, blankets, and clothes?
    We have a group of people who sew and would like to donate blankets and pillows and other items.

  5. I want to donate, but be assured that my funds will go directly and only to Japan. I do not want my funds to go to Pacific Relief. Is there any way that I can do this?

  6. Lydia,
    We did have a major shelter operation on the West Coast and in Hawaii so a very small portion (relatively) of the money in this designation will be spent in the US. We don’t have the exact figures yet but should by this afternoon. I’ll check back with you.

  7. I would love to donate money to Japan, BUT, on the condition that everything I donate will go to Japan and not be capped off because The Red Cross decides that they have sent enough. I was very upset when this happened with the Haiti disaster. If the American people had not wanted everything they donated, specifically for the people of that disaster, to go to them, they would not have donated. So before I donate, I need to know that The Red Cross is not going to hoard for “future disasters” the American people’s money they donate to Japan.

  8. Same as Dawn Lui. We have a group of ladies that sew. Would love to make dresses for small girls and shirts.

  9. I too, have room to take in a Japanese family. Would love to help. Is the red cross doing anything like that? Putting families together?

  10. hey i dont have much but would love to volunteer my time as well, a friend of mine suggested here as i am not meidcal personnel and didnt fit in her team of mostly DR.s even if you are sending people as aids i would be willing to help out

  11. We appreciate the outpouring of support from the public in response to this event. At this time, the American Red Cross is not accepting volunteers for Japan relief efforts. We encourage you to volunteer with your local Red Cross. http://www.redcross.org/where

  12. I work for a children non profic organiztaion and the children are collecting water for japanese people. Do you know who is taking water donations? We cannot ask for money, but our children want to help.

  13. Obviously the cost of transporting items such as blankets, water, etc. to Japan is prohibitive. If you would like to help (esp. with kids), run a penny drive. Have kids donate all the change they can find…it really adds up and when they see how the small change adds up, they really feel a sense of contribution. Have a bake sale, have kids make some sort of small craft to sell…there are lots of ways to raise money (which is really what is needed most at this point) to contribute.

  14. I’d also like to know about how to focus donations to Tohoku rather than a broad Pacific Relief fund. I’m a member of a large group of former residents in Tohoku who are desperately trying to send money and support to their stricken former homes, family and friends.

    – Can you let us know if the red cross has or plans to have a “Japan Tsunami” designation?
    – Can you provide a frank assessment of whether the US or Japanese Red Cross has enough funds for their relief planned efforts in Japan?
    – If so, do you have recommendations where we should send donations, such as Architects without Borders.

    Thank you red cross for all the relief efforts so far. My friends in Miyagi say they see Japanese Red Cross aid movement which is very reassuring for those feeling powerless overseas.

    Transparency would be really appreciated.

  15. We have no plans to create a “Japan Tsunami” designation.

    It’s still early, but the Japanese Red Cross has indicated it will welcome donations from us. We have sent an initial $10million.

    We are updating our website http://www.redcross.org and our disaster online newsroom with new news frequently – http://newsroom.redcross.org

  16. You guys are likely to get more donation than Japan Red Cross itself but all that’s been done is offer one single person for a week? and you MAY provide cash for needed supplies? Of course, they NEED supplies! You can’t even find needed supplies in supermarkets in Tokyo! I am so disappointed to hear this… I thought my money was going to be used quickly and efficiently and be used directly for Japan …

  17. We have sent an initial donation of $10 million to the Japan Red Cross Society.

  18. I am glad that $10 million has been sent. I would like the Japanese Red Cross to provide an accounting of how they use the money. I am hearing that around 500,000 people – an incredible number – are displaced, homeless, shivering, traumatized. To say that 65,000 blankets have been dispensed so far, as on the press release page, does not sound nearly enough – unless of course, many donors have rushed to provide blankets. One needs a website which provides up to the minute news on how the humanitarian procedures are working. And please tell the Japanese Red Cross that their English version website is not working. It has a broken link… Pls send a programmer if necessary to help that organization put out its work for all to see and read about.

  19. Caroline – We will alert them to the broken link – thanks for the head’s up.

    We’re getting as much info as we possibly can as quickly as we can. Stay tuned to http://newsroom.redcross.org. I suspect we’ll be getting more information as the relief operation continues.

  20. I would like to contribute cash to aid Japan. I do not want to give it to the Red Cross. I still remember Huricane Betsy when I was 12 and I have nver been confortable with the Red Cross since. Who else can I dontate funds too.

  21. Charles, you’re on a Red Cross site. I’m not sure what happened with Hurricane Betsy but I think you’ll find we’re not your childhood’s Red Cross. Still, if you’d like to find another reputable organization to give to we wish you well. Please be careful in finding a legitimate organization.

  22. Hi –
    I live near Sacramento, CA and would be willing to host a Japanese family or individual that might need temporary housing. Is Red Cross aware if there are any efforts going on with having Japanese citizens in need being hosted in other countries?

  23. Coco – I’m not aware of any initiatives like this. We’ll update the blog if I do hear of this opportunity being offered by any reputable organization.

  24. I would like to donate money but I have questions and was hoping someone here may know the answer. If I make a donation online, does the organization have to pay to have the donation processed? Does anyone know of a credit card or bank who will not charge to process these donations? Also, would if be better to donate directly to Japanese charities or the American Red Cross? Again, What, if any, are the costs for processing online donations? Would it be better to find a local Red Cross and give them cash designated for Japan? Thanks

  25. Last year I organized a car wash to help out a family in need in my city. we raised over $2500 doing that one car wash. It took me one week to plan and execute. I want to organize a car wash to raise funds to donate to Red Cross for Japan. Can Red Cross some how support us (not with money). At the car wash I would like to be able to put up Red Cross sign so it looks legit because people might think it is a scam. Please help me. Please call : Hector @ 626-484-0694

  26. With all that’s wrong in the world today, it moves me emotionally that so many people are showing so much compassion for our friends in Japan. I never donate to the Red Cross, or any other charity for that matter. The day the tsunami struck I sent in a donation to the Red Cross. It’s not much but it’s better than nothing.

    Times like these make me proud to be an American. God bless the Red Cross and I pray for those poor people in Japan.

  27. I donated money but I want to do more. I have so many clothes I could donate that are in good condition. But I am not sure if it is ‘wanted’. I am jobless and a college student, so I don’t have a lot to give. But if I could give my life for those people, I would do it.

  28. I would like to donate my time in assistance with the red cross effort. I am a practicing RN of 3 yrs. I would be available to go to Japan, but I do not speak Japanese. During the time of Hurricane Katrina I had taken some disaster relief courses, but with school and work schedules, I was unable to help. I am now available if we are sending medical crews.
    My heart goes out to the people of Japan, who have suffered so many losses through this disaster. Please write back. Thank you.

  29. ALG – Thank you. We’re not sending volunteers to Japan at this time. The best way to get involved with the Red Cross is by volunteering with your local chapter. Get in touch with them again and we hope to see you soon.

  30. I would like to run a “Help Japan” fund raiser at our school. Please let me know what I can do to make sure that it can go directly to Japan relief fund. And also what I am supposed to collect. At this point of time should I just ask for cash donations only or supplies as well. I live in Denver, co

  31. Anu – Thank you! We rely on awesome people like you. The best course of action for you is to contact your local chapter in Denver. Before you do that you may want to take a look at this site to figure out what you’d like to do: http://www.redcross.org/raisefundsfordisaster

    Please keep us updated on your progress and thanks again.

  32. I hear people saying that because Japan is the 3rd power and skilled in dealing with disasters, they do not need our help. Their economic position of the past has nothing to do with now and their likely reduced economic position (stocks tumbled 14% thus far) now and in the future. I am also concerned on reading that the Red Cross banks money over what they deem needed in Japan for other future disasters and that our donation goes also to the surrounding areas. I read the comments of another woman expressing the same concern and asking what guarantee we have that ALL our donation goes to Japan. Yet I see no response. Could someone from the Red Cross please address this and your policies? My donation pends getting a response. If I must make it elsewhere to make sure it goes to Japan, then so be it. I respectfully request a direct and full answer to mine and other’s concern regarding this issue. Thank you.

  33. Our prayers and thoughts go out to everyone affected by this trajedy! My husband and I would like to help in any way we can. We would like to donate money to the ARC to help, we would like to perhaps organize a blood drive in our respective offices and would be happy to open our home to any child or baby in need of home. Please let us know how we can help!

  34. Vanessa – Thanks! We’re currently only accepting monetary donations for Japan earthquake and pacific tsunami. You can give by clicking the donate button on the homepage of this blog.

    We’d love for you to organize a blood drive. Blood is always needed. We do want to be sure you know that we have not been asked by the Japanese Red Cross or by the State Department to send blood for the relief efforts in Japan. The need is constant here in the US, though. You can find out how to set up a drive at http://www.redcrossblood.org.

    As for opening your home, we are not aware of any initiatives to relocate Japanese citizens to the U.S. The American Red Cross does not transport refugees into or out of the United States. The federal government takes the lead in all efforts regarding the migration of international persons into this country. Any decisions regarding these issues are made by government officials and not the American Red Cross.

  35. My wife (from China) and I have plenty of room. We’d be happy to host a displaced Japanese family for however long is needed. How can we go about getting connected to an organization that helps in this way ?

  36. Thanks Marc,
    We are not aware of any initiatives to relocate Japanese citizens to the U.S at this time. The American Red Cross does not transport refugees into or out of the United States. The federal government takes the lead in all efforts regarding the migration of international persons into this country. Any decisions regarding these issues are made by government officials and not the American Red Cross.

  37. I also would be honored to host a displaced family in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear concerns.

  38. my class wants to do a fundrasier but not sure how to start…. can ppl help me although im 12 yrs old i would like to make a diffrents

  39. Mariah,
    Thanks! The best way to proceed is to contact your local chapter tomorrow morning. You can find them by entering your zip code in the upper right column at http://www.redcross.org

  40. Red Cross has sent only one person to Japan, and not planning to send any more volunteers. (Why, Japan does not need help locating 10,000 missing persons in the rubble and floodwaters?)

    Red Cross has merely transferred the $10 mil to itself — its own Japanese branch of the Red Cross. Who knows how much will reach the victims or the devastated populations of Sendai, Miyagi, and Fukishima. Red Cross has stated here that it is NOT designating funds to Japan Tsunami.
    but rather a broader PACIFIC Tsunami relief which includes the US West Coast.

    Better off donating DIRECT to the local Japanese Hospitals, town gov’t, shelters and Non-profits providing the actual disaster relief!

    They are all packed and struggling, incoming patients lying on floors, chairs. Millions have gone w/o water or heat since the Tsunami and the elderly are suffering from hypothermia and dehydration. Rescuers are paddling rowboats through the flooded city to reach stranded victims there are so many.
    After Katrina Japanese private citizens sent us $1.5 MIL out of their own pockets, plus millions more from the J government for Katrina, 9/11, Haiti.
    Don’t forget the Japan is in debt worse than the U.S., and we owe them $877 Billion– almost as much as we owe China.
    To say they do not need the world’s help is irresponsible. Japan is not one to cry for help when in crisis, they are too occupied trying to deal with all the emergencies at hand.

    That is my last donation to Red Cross folks! Direct bank transfers to Japanese hospitals + shelters is where our donations will go the furthest.

  41. Richard – With the exception of our costs for operations along the US west coast and Hawaii related to the tsunami (supporting more than 2,500 in evacuation centers), and an average of 9 percent we typically charge for administrative costs, all the money raised by the American Red Cross will go to the Japan earthquake and tsunami response. We are still calculating the costs of our response in the US but expect the total will be less than $100,000.

    We realize it’s frustrating to watch the devastating disaster unfold but the Japanese Red Cross is a highly experienced disaster relief organization with
    2 million volunteers. These local volunteers in Japan are distributing relief items, making sure displaced people are offered hot meals, clearing debris and
    providing medical transportation. The Japanese Red Cross has also deployed more than 100 medical teams, made up of more than 700 people, including
    doctors and nurses.

  42. I would like to place a Red Cross logo or link on our community website so that our 3000+ members can link directly to the Red Cross to make a donation – is this possible?

  43. From what I’ve read so far there appears to be no request for host families for Japans citizens displaced by the earthquake / tsunami. Should this become a necessity at a later date my wife and I would like to offer our home as a resource.

  44. To ALG (who introduced herself as a RN, wanting to help directly in Japan)

    – I too am a Registered Nurse and have been interested in international health care efforts since some time now. Likely, the best way to provide your healthcare expertise is to contact “Doctors without Boarders”. This particular organization has doctors and nurses (and others) working in countries abroad. I am quite sure that crews have been, and will continue to be, sent to Japan in attempts to provide increased health care in light of latest developments in Japan. Good luck to you and I commend your effort. My family and I cannot leave the USA at this time, but would like to host a Japanese family in our efforts to help here from the States. It appears that there are no organizations who specifically provide information regarding hosting a Japanese family. Is there anyone here who can advise, i.e. phone numbers, websites, etc.? Angel

  45. We would like to open our home to a family with children or to orphan children from Japan. We are willing to give them a roof over their heads for as long as it’s needed. I am a mental health professional and can help kids who went through severe trauma. Please let us know how to arrange for it. Oh, we can pay for their tickets, if needed.

  46. Galina – You are all quite generous but we know of no initiatives to relocate Japanese citizens to the US.

  47. I would love to help donate through my school, but im not so sure how I am able to do that! I am in 8th grade and I have talked to my teachers about it and they said it would be a great idea! Just waiting on those details ! (:

  48. As I read through the above entries I realized I spent more time today filling out my NCAA Tournament Bracket than I did learning about the Japanese people and their plight. Therefore I am sending my entry fee to the American Red Cross and leaving the office pool bracket on the coffee table. I challenge any fan reading this to do likewise, if not send in all or a portion when you win. We both know the earthquake and tsunami victims don’t feel like they won anything and they’ll still be in need on April 4th.

  49. This is for all who have doubts about donating to the Red Cross. In 2005, we were victims of hurricane Katrina. Our home was severely damaged, and we spent the first 3 weeks afterward living in hotels. We couldn’t begin to rebuild right away, as power was out for about 6 weeks. The Red Cross was the first organization to step up and provide us with funds to assist with living expenses while away from home, and they asked nothing in return. We are forever grateful, and they are at the top of our list of charities to donate to. Our deepest sympathies to the Japanese people.

  50. I would also like to directly help Japan. I am turning eighteen years of age soon and have special ties there. Even if it is just heavy work that requires strength, I would like to help.

  51. My family is looking to provide a (temporary) place to stay, for a displaced family (from the Tsunami/Earthquakes in Japan).

    Please let me know if we can help.
    ~The Blacks

  52. Wendy – are there any blood drives underway for the injured people in Japan? Thanks

  53. I would also wish to offer my home to someone in need due to the tsunami/nuclear crisis. I know Washington is far from home but if it can be of use, then please contact me.

  54. When you stop to think about it… Is it wise to donate your money for relief efforts in Foreign countries? I mean, Since your paying for it, what’s your money saying for it? Will the materials needed to start construction in Japan be bought in the USA? No. Then, what will happen with the American dollars donated to a foreign disaster relief effort after it pays Japanese (workers, manufacturers, Freight Delivery, Etc.) to begin relief efforts. My educated guess is to the Japanese Government in exchange for Yen… being that the Japanese people accept yen in exchange for goods and services. What will the Japanese Government do with American dollars; you might ask? “Money is any object or record, that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a given country or socio-economic context.”-Wikipedia March 16, 2011. Will we accept a debt from foreign governments incurred from Charity donations and relief efforts in an effort for the American People to help the Japanese People? We shouldn’t… Their people should come together and help one another. A donation is a waste of your dime; donate your Energy, Body, and Time. There are people struggling with poverty ridden territories in America… Why don’t you feel the need to donate your time, energy and money to Detroit, USA. For Demolition on abandoned buildings, Construction of new buildings, to feed the hungry, to help the families of sick children; who have given up everything they owned… just to save their child. Acquired debt they’ll never be able to pay, Sold their home, cars, and any valuables they have out of the love in their hearts; and how are they repaid by the world? By being treated as if it were there own foolish mistake for doing everything in their power to preserve the life of a loved one. You ignore the Cry’s of voices you can hear and abandon your descendants; leaving them to deal with the consequences of your foolish ways. While your ascendants may watch from the heavens; with the sight of your error in their eyes. Knowing GOD is a Just GOD comforts them… You will be judged justly and no punishment will be spared. The Japanese Government attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941!!! Killing Americans… A favorite past-time of Spiritual Wickedness in High Places. Spiritual Wickedness in High Places of Government or any other form of reign or power. So, Donate your money and be led like sheep to the slaughter; If you want.

  55. Please understand so many still have reservations to donate money. So I was thinking to organize a large donation station to fill a container to leave from Finland bound for Japan? Would Red Cross be able to assist in a list of items needed? Obviously they would arrive in 30-45 days but still I am sure there are needs people can donate (new items of course) blankets, what is needed? Also arrange for Red Cross in Japan to receive the items for distribution? Possible?

  56. I was just wondering what percentage of what you donate goes to the relief fund?

  57. I, too, am an RN w/ 20yrs of ER and ICU experience, I am devastated @ what I’m hearing and seeing in Japan and I want to be able to help by providing my services in any way needed to Japan be it medical or on any scope of volunteering. I am temporarily based in Las Vegas, NV and Wendy will take your suggestion on going into the local office and offering my services there as well but if any medical teams are sent w/ ARC or any other knowledge of other medical teams wanting to help I would love to join. I wont be available till mid May but by then I think they will need help for many, many months to come as well to help rebuild and clean up. But also to take care of the medically needed. Don’t hesitate to contact me .

  58. If one really reads the above, sending someone for a week missive is like doing nothing. I don’t understand this. There are people in shelters without toilets or food or water in areas without electricity. Why is the red cross not dropping food to those area that are hard to reach and medical supplies. I was going to send money to Japan through you, but it does not seem from what you say that I can be sure it will go to Japan, so I will not and will try to figure out another way.

  59. We are a French family so saddened by the events in Japan and feel such empathy for the Japanese people. Other than donating to the Red Cross, which we will most certainly do, what else can we do? We have a large estate and are willing to host a Japanese family here and willing to help with their transportation. Who do we talk to? How can we connect with an organization who is coordinating the evacutions?

  60. I see many comments here but no answers Does anyone respond to these questions or comments?

  61. Gabrielle – This is Wendy from the American Red Cross. I’ve responded to most of the comments here.

  62. Do you know who in the local DelMarVa region is accepting and shipping tangible donations? Thanks

  63. In 2006, my neighborhood and home became flooded under ten feet of water. I had always heard suspicious stories about the Red Cross but I can testify that the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the local Humane Society stepped forward to help us with sheltler, food/water, clean-up, volunteers, and housing for pets. These organizations already have procedures in place to assist people. I can testify that these organizations due a great hands-on job of helping people.

  64. A Japanese family could stay in my home. I want to help, but don’ t know how to do this????

  65. Wendy, thank you for your patience and diplomacy in repeatedly answering the same questions! You must be a saint.

  66. Hello,
    I’m a Japanese speaker (MA, Japanese Lit., lived in Northern Japan ’95-’97) and I have computer and video conferencing skills. I’d like to volunteer my skills to help out, either here or in Japan.
    Thank you.

  67. Thank you so much for all your help. It warms my heart to see so many people from all over the world trying to help Japan. I currently reside in Los Angeles but have been in close contact with my relatives in Japan. I appreciate some of those who made comments about volunteering in Japan. At this time, with help from Japanese Self Defense Force and U.S. Military, unless you are professionally trained to respond to a disaster, there may be other ways to help rather than volunteering. If you insist, you may contact Japanese NPOs such as Japanese Red Cross, Japanese Salvation Army and others that are helping in Japan. Please be advised that if you don’t speak Japanese, communication with them may be difficult as not many Japanese staff speak English.

    For those who wish to make donations directly to Japan, (I hope you don’t mind me posting this on your website) you are able to do so through Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. Their website is http://www.la.us.emb-japan.go.jp/. They are currently accepting checks and they also have information on how to transfer funds to Japanese Red Cross.

    I just wanted to have the information available to you.

    From what I hear from my relatives in Japan, they are in serious need of water, food, gas, kerosene, and lots of prayers. My sister lives in Tokyo and while I was on the phone with her for 15 minutes last night, there were 2 earthquakes both greater than M5.0. So many aftershocks and the potential nuclear plant meltdown continue to pose a great threat to those who live in Tohoku and Kanto regions. People in Japan are uniting as one and trying their best to lift each other up. We appreciate any help from anyone in the world.

    Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart….!

  68. P.S. For those who are offering places for Japanese families, I believe most of the people’s goals are to stay in Japan. Not many Japanese people have permanent resident cards, which means, they are only able to stay in the U.S. up to 3 months without any visa. There is also a language barrier. Your kindness towards our people in Japan is very much appreciated and if I hear anything from anyone wanting to move to the U.S., I will direct them to you. Thank you.

  69. Wendy,

    My company is currently in the midst of an organization wide fund raising event for charities of employees’ choice. If people ask how they donate directly to relief in Japan through our own system, is there a specific 501c3 designation that we can direct them too?

  70. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
    I’d like to hug everybody who donated.
    People help people.
    I am a Japanese living in the U.S. and I will never forget what you all did to my home country.
    The circle of help goes around.

  71. I work at a youth center and we were looking for some ideas to help fund raise/donate for Japan. We don’t have much money but would love to find out what we could do to help. Any information you can provide us would be greatly appreciated!


  72. I used to be a Red Cross volunteer in my city, have not done it for awhile. I was a shelter manager, trainer, eoc worker, etc. I also worked for Florida Div of Emergency Management and set up disaster recovery centers for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. My daughter and her family live in Japan. With all of the Japanese who have lost homes, will they be setting up shelters? Is it possible they will need shelter managers in the future? What Red Cross courses would I need to take to come up to speed and also work internationally.

  73. I would like to help one family directly. I don’t want to go thru an agency that takes a percentage for administrative costs, advertising,etc…..I want to help one family in need. If I could find out how to find that one family and be reasonably sure that they would receive the assistance, I’d helpl.

  74. When 20,00+ people were evacuated from our town, and 400 homes were burned from a forest fire, the Red Cross was the first organization we saw when allowed back home. We are grateful for their presence in the US and internationally. Our donations go to the American Red Cross, knowing that they will distribute 91% to relief efforts wherever they are most needed. I think that is one of the best percentages of any charity organization. Thank you Red Cross.

  75. I strongly encourage everyone in the United States to make a donation of at least $10 to aide the people of Japan. Even if you never played a video game, never read a manga, or seen an anime, chances are you have interacted in some way with something or someone from Japan. These people definitely need our help, and I consider it criminal if you refuse.

  76. My request for a response from the Red Cross to my question that ALL of my donation go to Japan and not held for other disasters by Red Cross has not been answered and has been removed from theis site as has also the other woman who raised the same question. It is not right for the Red Cross to take my hard earned $ without providing an answer to my question or directing my $ as I desire. It is not right for the Red Cross to “cap” any part of my $ designated for Japan for other disasters. Folks the Japan link to the Red Cross may be a more sure way of your $ being spent as you desire since they are on the ground there and see 1st hand the great need. To J. Cole’s lengthy rant on even donating to Japan because in HIS judgement there are other worthier causes just shows his own blindness. While quoting God, he fails to remember that Jesus told us to remove the plank from our own eyes to see clearly how to remove the splinter in our brother’s eye. He has no idea what other causes we donate besides Japan. His words are lacking in mercy towards the country of Japan – and God requires we have mercy towards everyone. Brother, do not be jealous of the mercy the world has for Japan and remember, if you do not forgive the sins of others (you site the Japanese war), God will not forgive you your sins. We all have and continue to sin and fall short of the glory of God. We cannot judge anyone, even ourselves as that is reserved for Jesus. Whatever happened at that time in history, the current people of Japan were not part of it and you jeopardize your own soul in your continued resentment and anger over WWII. May God help you to see the truth and be freed of your anger and unforgiveness. + + +

  77. I would love to host a Japanese family in my home in Colorado if it is possible. I could also help financially with transportation if needed.

  78. If I make a donation for Japan can I specify that it goes only to relief in Japan and also what % of my donation goes to them?
    Thank You

  79. I know the group which collecting blankets (should be new one) and others in Japan. I’ll contact with them, and put info. in English. ( This site is in Japanese.) Please send an e-mail to me; aaki75@yahoo.com, and I’ll give you the info. I don’t want to open all junk mails, so please “blankets” in subject. Thank you for helping my country.

  80. I am a US Military spouse. I am trying to find out if there is a program that the Military may use for it’s spouses who wish to volunteer to help in Japan?

  81. I have donated to the Red Cross already and want to donate more. Before I do so, I want to know whether Japan Red Cross has an active presence in Northern Japan where the evacuees from the tsunami are suffering from the cold and lack of food and water. Are they handing out blankets and food and water and other necessities with the money we are sending for Japan? I know every penny I give to the Red Cross counts for something and helps someone in the world. But, right now, I just want my money to go to the relief efforts in the north where people are cold and hungry and thirsty.

  82. Also, please consider erasing J. CoLe’s comment from March 16th, 2011 at 2:22 am. This organization is dedicated to helping people in need, regardless of personal opinions. Especially since it’s the individual’s choice to donate or not. We don’t need spam telling us about Pearl Harbor on this website. If so, I would be here talking about Nagazaki and Hiroshima.

  83. Pearl Harbor & subsequent war happened over 65 yrs. ago. I am not going to punish the current generation for that. Lost my paternal Grandfather. I do wish folks would not turn this site into a sounding board!(sorry I am doing it) I just wish our joke of a president would get on the ball and allow those of us who want to open our hearts & homes up to these who no longer have homes, streets, basic neccessities of life. It can be done. Folks start calling your congressmen/women today to see what can be arranged.

  84. I have been watching news about disaster in Japan. The winter weather has come back this weeek and I understand that it is snowing. They need supplies. The roads are not open. The gas stations do not have gas for the drivers who are heading for the area with goods very much needed. There is no water. Bathroom are not working. There are not enough temporary ones. Some people are getting sick for various reasons. Most people are eldery. They cling each other under cardbaord during night. That what I see on TV.
    I got an E-mail from Consulate General of Japan saying Japan Red Cross society and American Red Cross had the agreement: Donors can direct the donation to Japan Red Cross Society when they donate under Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief. Where Do I indicate that?

  85. Yama,
    You should see the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami designation when you click the red Donate Funds button at http://www.redcross.org or on the home page of this blog. Thank you for your support.

  86. We have a large home in Salem, Oregon. A Japanese family, and pet, is welcome to stay in our home for as long as needed. I can help pay for their flight from Japan.

  87. Larry and Al,
    We know of no initiatives to bring Japanese citizens to the United States.

  88. A Japanese couple of family is welcome in our home for as long as needed. Their family pet is also welcome. We are in Dallas, Oregon, a small, quiet, farming community 12 miles from Salem Oregon.

  89. I have a suggestion for those United States residents who wish to donate funds to a foreign charity, one based outside the United States. If you want your donation to be tax-deductible, please confer with your tax adviser before you do anything. I am NOT a tax expert, but it is my understanding that such a donation would NOT be deductible for US Federal income tax purposes. This IRS page may be helpful: http://1.usa.gov/gg8IAP

  90. My husband and I are willing to provide housing for anay displaced families or individuals. We have the space to help in this manner should they be willing to leave Japan for the time being. Japanese translators are available also.

  91. Thanks so much Dianne. It’s so heartwarming to know that people like you are out there. We don’t anticipate a need to host families from Japan in the U.S. but your offer is very kind.

  92. […] this is for Japan.  I’d urge you again to contribute to a reputable organization like the Red Cross to help with rescue and recovery.   But nothing infuriates me like the tendency of our media to […]

  93. i see the questions that i have, about how to get in touch with someone to say we are willing to house japanese, and i see the response saying that many are trying to stay in Japan because of the visas..

    but because of the area currently being without any water, homes, electricity, etc, is there a way for the family to get here, and THEN worry about getting a visa through the Japanese Embassies in the foreign countries, or maybe in the United Statesf? (you can tell i am completely ignorant how this works but i want to help)

    my husband and i have talked extensively about this, and we are willing to house a mother and child/children to assist her in getting back on her feet till her area is more livable… we understand that this may not be a 3 or 6 month process, but maybe a 3 situation… and we understand that maybe finding a place for her and her children to stay may be a near impossibility right now for what is going on.


    with the conditions as they are, currently, would that be a bigger difficulty?

  94. i posted a comment that i cannot see…

    my husband and i are trying to find out who we contact to offer our home for assistance… please advise. i asked if maybe there was a way to worry about VISAs after they were already in the States, with food, shelter, clothing, water, job & education opportunities, etc…

    i want to know how to help. i am on this board to find out how.

    i live near Louisville Kentucky. and years ago many areas of the ohio river were completely wiped by river flooding. while it it in no way compares to the tsunami, and the thousands of homeless to our hundreds of homeless, i know that the red cross was there. and the red cross offered shots, food, shelter, and volunteers.

    yet, what we went thru is NOTHING compared to this. it was a scratch on our knee.

    please keep your opinions and your silliness about about whether these people deserved this or not, or whether we have a good president or not, to yourselves. it scares away the people that have the means and want to help–which is obviously some people’s plans…

  95. Yama wrote on March 16th, “Japan Red Cross society and American Red Cross had the agreement: Donors can direct the donation to Japan Red Cross Society when they donate under Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief. Where Do I indicate that?” However, it appears the donation can be made to “Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami.” There is no designation for Japan Red Cross Society. Please clarify. Thank you.

  96. Question on Wendy’s quote below as it contradicts with what’s on donation page of American Red Cross.
    Who exactly decides how much ‘expense’ is needed for Japan relief effort? All you have sent so far is $10mm out of more than $100mm raised. How is the rest going to be used, if at all for Japan? There’s serious lack of transparency here and those who were so kind enough to donate deserve to know how their money is being spent!

    Wendy Harman, on March 15th, 2011 at 9:58 pm Said:
    Richard – With the exception of our costs for operations along the US west coast and Hawaii related to the tsunami (supporting more than 2,500 in evacuation centers), and an average of 9 percent we typically charge for administrative costs, all the money raised by the American Red Cross will go to the Japan earthquake and tsunami response.

    Comment in Donation page:
    Your gift to the American Red Cross will support our disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. On those rare occasions when donations exceed American Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.

  97. My wife said that some of her friends heard that you have enough funds for the Japan quake already I would like to know if that is true or not.

  98. The red cross has collected the most amount of money for any disaster ever, and yet it has used less than 10%. Everyone knows you mean well, but it is obvious to all in Japan that the lack of action is something that will certainly effect the red cross’ efforts in future endeavors. That the imperial family is connected to such an organization is further saddening for all thosenthat donated in good faith in Japan and abroad.


  99. Hi Tommy – thanks for your comment. We’ve actually released an update detailing the amount of money we’ve contributed so far ($245 million) and what the money is helping to do. You can read it here: http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.94aae335470e233f6cf911df43181aa0/?vgnextoid=f478aaf9bc911310VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD

    The money contributed so far is at about 90% of what we received from our generous donors. We will continue to contribute more while working in partnership with the Japanese Red Cross. Thanks,


  100. Trying to reflect back on my girl scout troops fundraiser from last year. Can you give me a ballpark figure for how many people might have benefited from my 1st graders donation of $620?