Crisis in Japan Still Ongoing

After Japan’s devastating tsunami and series of earthquakes, relief efforts for Japan’s people rose immediately. All over the Washington State, organizations and individuals have started fundraisers and collecting donations to help out our Asian allies and there are still plenty of ways to help out.

According to Governor Christine Gregoire, Washington residents (including families and businesses) have helped raise over $25 million for the Washington State Japan Relief Effort.

“The Washington State-Japan Relief Effort is a way to encourage Washington businesses and families to provide support while our friends in Japan recover and rebuild,” Gregoire said.

According to Komo 4 news, “Fisher Communications has been teaming up with the American Red Cross and Uwajimaya to raise money to help the victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan… We’ve been able to raise $500,104 for relief efforts.”

Donations are still being accepted at komonews.com or text REDCROSS to 90999.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle has worked closely with the other YMCAs in Japan for nearly 50 years, according to seattlejapanrelief.org. They are committed to supporting ongoing relief efforts by providing space and information to victims, and encouraging the help of volunteers to support children, the elderly, disabled and migrant workers in the areas affected by the earthquakes and tsunami.

In western Washington, The Ron & Don Show on 97.3 KIRO News has put together a program which helps support the relief efforts in Japan. They have set up Ron & Don’s Operation Airlift Japan and they will be sending supplies to at least 6 orphanages in Japan, which will help over 60 children. They collected supplies through Sunday, April 3rd. They will soon be working with the Naval Base at Misawa, Japan to bring these items to the orphanages. You can find out more information mynnorthwest.com.

To contribute to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, you can also make an online donation to the Girl Scouts of Japan Relief Efforts at girlscouts.org.

During South Puget Sound Community College’s 8th Annual International Celebration, there were two fundraisers happening. One collected donations to the American Red Cross Japanese Tsunami fund and the other to the International Student Association.

“The SPSCC community raised and donated $306 to the American Red Cross and the International Student Association raised $186.05 through donations for their cookbook and photos,” said International Student Director and Advisor Heather Lukashin.