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By: dragonflyF15 , 4:23 PM GMT on March 15, 2011
Starting this month, I have taken $25 out of my weekly budget for groceries. Figure there is extra crap I really don't need and can use it to donate to a charity a week, if not more here and there. Last week was the March of Dimes and this week with everything going on in Japan, I am donating to the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross today announced an initial contribution of $10 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist in its ongoing efforts to provide medical care and relief assistance to the people of Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
“We are grateful for the American public’s generosity and compassion following what has been declared one of the most devastating earthquakes in history,” said David Meltzer, senior vice president of international services with the American Red Cross. “The American Red Cross is in a unique position to help channel that support to our partner in Japan that is playing a critical humanitarian role and comforting the survivors.”
In addition to financial assistance, a disaster management expert from the American Red Cross arrived in Japan Monday for a week-long mission. She is serving on a seven-person, international team focused on providing high-level support and advice to the Japanese Red Cross, which continues to support the Japanese government’s earthquake and tsunami response.
The Japanese Red Cross is a highly experienced disaster relief organization with two million volunteers nationwide. Many local volunteers took immediate action following the disaster by distributing relief items, offering hot meals, clearing debris and providing medical transportation.
Find out more how they are helping Japan and donate
You can check out how The American Red Cross spends it's money by checking out Charity Navigator at American Red Cross report
Donations can also be charged to your cell phone bill by texting to 90999 and type in Redcross. It will charge you $10 and you can do it twice if you want to donate $20. Wait a few seconds and it will ask you if you really want to donate in which you text YES.
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