American Red Cross raised more than $312 million to support the Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief efforts.
Of course, Western New Yorkers stepped up to help their neighbors in need. Channel 7 viewers pledged over $20,000 in just two hours during a live "Join Us to Help Japan" broadcast. Wegmans shoppers made contributions at the checkout, while the Wegmans Family Foundation contributed $100,000 to the relief efforts. Delta Sonic donated $50,000, and hundreds of other individuals and organizations made contributions the the Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund.
Now, one year later, you can see how that generosity is making a difference in the lives of the Japanese people affected by this disaster. Donations to the American Red Cross have helped to four temporary hospitals, one permanent hospital and a community health clinic, rebuild a Red Cross nursing school to train specialists in disaster health care, provide refrigerators and cookers to 316,000 survivors living in temporary housing and much more. A full Japan Earthquake and Tsunami one-year update is available here.
As always, thank you for helping the Red Cross turn heartbreak into hope down the street, across the country and around the world.