Americans raise $22 million for Japan relief
The American Red Cross on Monday afternoon raised $19 million, with $1.6 million sent in $10 donations by Americans text-messaging the number 90999.
Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 08:28 PM
RELIEF WORK: American Red Cross volunteers prepare to distribute boxed meals at Yokota Air Base in Japan. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
U.S. relief organizations said they had raised more than $22 million dollars in donations for relief after Japan's disaster, with US companies also offering multimillion-dollar donations.
The American Red Cross on Monday raised $19 million as of 3:00 p.m., with $1.6 million sent in $10 donations by Americans text-messaging the number 90999, a spokeswoman for the organization said.
The American Red Cross said the funds would be sent to its Japanese sister organization to support first aid, emotional support and relief for the displaced.
Among other groups raising funds, Save the Children said it had raised $3.2 million dollars around the world — $2.7 million of it in the United States — and the Salvation Army said it had collected $980,009.
Corporations with ties to Japan also stepped forward. General Electric, which supplied reactors to the aging Fukushima No. 1 plant at the center of a crisis, said it was donating $5 million to assist with relief efforts, along with offering technical advice.
Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs said it was contributing 500 million yen ($6.1 million dollars) and Morgan Stanley said it was giving 100 million yen.
Insurance company Aflac also pledged 100 million yen, before it fired comedian Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of its duck-voice commercials over jokes about the disaster judged by the company to be in poor taste.
Zynga, maker of popular social networking games such as "FarmVille," said its players have raised $1 million for Save the Children's relief efforts.
More than 10,000 people were feared to have perished in one prefecture alone in the aftermath of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake, one of the most powerful ever recorded.
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