HONOLULU – Many businesses and community groups have stepped forward to raise much needed funds for disaster relief efforts for the Japan earthquake and Pacific Tsunami.

“We are very touched by the generosity of Hawaii’s businesses and groups who have come together to help victims of this terrible tragedy,” said Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter. “The people of Japan are suffering tremendously and what they need now is our donations to help them get back on their feet.”

Please go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami.  People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Red Cross does NOT accept in-kind donations of goods because of the cost and logistical challenges in transporting, warehousing, sorting, and distributing the goods, and the fact that the goods might not be needed, appropriate, or culturally sensitive.  Donating money that can be sent and spent in Japan will also help stimulate their devastated economy.

The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world.  To send a contribution, mail your check to:

American Red Cross
Hawaii State Chapter
4155 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816

Make a secure online donation at www.hawaiiredcross.org or call:  (808) 739-8109

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