March 17, 2011
How To Donate To Relief Efforts In Japan
- Star staff
(March 15, 2011) Organizations helping
have made it easy for Canadians to donate.
Canadian wireless customers with most major carriers can text ASIA
to 30333, to donate $5 to the Canadian Red Cross Japan
Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami fund and there is no charge for the
According to the Canadian Red Cross, a total of $3 million has
already been donated by Canadians since the catastrophic 8.9
magnitude earthquake Friday.
Those wanting to help can donate online at
or call 1-800-418-1111
James Astleford, donor-relations director for
a humanitarian agency established by the Seventh-day Adventist
Church, said his organization has representatives in Japan working
with stranded residents.
The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee has set up a
Japan donation website
as well and says it is working with partners on the ground to
determine what role its volunteers can play.
Donations to CRWRC can also be made by calling 1-800-730-3490
Médicins Sans Frontières
says two teams of three people are trying to reach the worst-hit
areas in Japan’s Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.
“The MSF teams, composed of medical and logistics personnel, will
try to reach the area by helicopter,” said spokeswoman Naomi
Sutorius-Lavoie in an email Friday. “Once there, the two teams will
liaise with local emergency-response authorities to assess medical
needs. Another 25 MSF medical and logistical staff in Japan are on
standby to respond once the situation has been assessed.”
says it has already positioned supplies and personnel in countries
throughout the Pacific region.
Plan International Canada
had an emergency-response team on standby in Indonesia, where it has
a warehouse stocked with 5,000 family kits available for immediate
World Vision Canada
has also set up
to solicit donations to provide disaster relief for victims of the
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto,
a group that supports IsraAid, an Israel-based humanitarian
organization sending teams of rescue personnel, emergency medical
officers and water pollution purification specialists to Japan, is
also accepting donations
Save the Children Canada
have formed a group called
The Humanitarian Coalition
and began accepting donations Saturday.
announced it was allocating $75,000 to the earthquake relief effort
in Japan and is accepting donations
Canadians can also donate online through
International Development and Relief Foundation
or by calling 1-866-497-IDRF
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada says “the best
way for Canadians to help is to donate money — not clothing or