Friday, March 18, 2011

Thank You, Western New York!

The "City of Good Neighbors" once again lived up to its nickname last night, stepping up in a big way to to support the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief fund.

Joanna Pasceri from Channel 7's Eyewitness News joined us for a live telethon to raise money for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the disasters and resulting nuclear threat.  In just two hours, "Join Us to Help Japan" raised an amazing $20,605.50!!  All of us who work at the Chapter are once again in awe of the generosity of everyone in Western New York.

During last night's broadcast, Ann McCarthy from Wegmans discussed how shoppers can donate to the American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan at the checkout.  Did you know the Wegmans Family Foundation has donated an additional $100,000 to those efforts?  Amazing!

The Greater Buffalo Chapter would like to send our sincerest thanks to all of our incredible volunteers for stepping up to man the phones, to Joanna and everyone at Channel 7 for "Joining Us" to help Japan, and of course, to Wegmans and ALL of Western New York for once again stepping up to help those in need. 

Although the telethon may be over, the need for assistance in Japan remains.  To donate online, visit, call 1-800-REDCROSS, text REDCROSS to 90999 to send a $10 donation, or mail your donation to:
American Red Cross
Greater Buffalo Chapter-30
PO Box 1845
Albany, NY 12201-1845

On those rare occasions where donations exceed American Red Cross expenses for a specific crisis, contributions are used to prepare for and service victims of other crises.

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