Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Like so many, the hearts of the American Red Cross go out to the people of Japan and the other survivors of the earthquake and tsunami on March 11th.  As of Monday, March 14th:
·         3,100 people have been confirmed dead
·         3,118 people are reported missing
·         530,000 people have had to be evacuated from the tsunami, earthquake, and the resulting nuclear threat.

Picture courtesy of Colin Downey
Because of these growing numbers, the American Red Cross has contributed an initial $10 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS).  These funds will assist the JRCS’s ongoing efforts to provide medical care and relief assistance.  As this disaster continues to unfold, we expect that the JRCS will need more funding which is why we’re teaming up with WKBW-TV Channel 7 for a live “Join Us To Help Japan” telethon event, between 5pm-6:30pm Thursday evening.
During the telethon, you can make a donation to the relief efforts in Japan by calling (716) 886-7500, where volunteers will accept a secure credit card donation. 
You can also donate at anytime by visiting us online, texting REDCROSS to 90999 (there will be a $10.00 charge added to your cell phone bill), calling 1-800-REDCROSS or by mailing a check to:
American Red Cross
Greater Buffalo Chapter-30
PO Box 1845
Albany, NY 12201-1845
You can also catch our very own Communications Coordinator, Jay Bonafede, accepting a donation to the telethon from Roschez Academy of Irish Dancers tomorrow on the 6 o'clock am news on Channel 7.
For more information on the telethon, please contact Jay Bonafede at (716) 878-2372 and if you’d like to make a donation between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Friday you can call us here at the Chapter at (716) 886-7500.

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