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In Japan, The Salvation Army is Crafting Long-term Response

The Salvation Army in Japan believes funds already available in-country will cover the costs of the current response and that money raised from around the world will enable a medium to long-term response.  Additionally, The Japan Territory  is continuing to provide vital supplies such as food and water to support survivors of the devastating 9.0 earthquake in northeastern Japan.

  • Emergency teams and relief efforts in Japan have reached most areas in need of assistance including Sendai and Yabuki-cho, where they are providing vital supplies like food and water. Yabuki-cho appears to be one of the few areas not yet reached by government help.
  • The Salvation Army World Services Organization (SAWSO) in the U.S. is currently organizing a delivery of blankets and has arranged for samples of food packages to be sent to territorial leaders who will then have the option to order any if needed.
  • The Salvation Army’s Korea Territory arranged for K-Water Corporation to provide 100,000 bottles of water to be sent to Japan. 

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Japan since 1895 and is beginning to consider medium and long-term recovery plans, such as the provision of cooking equipment when people return to their communities.

  • The Salvation Army Japan Territory is considering building temporary accommodation and providing household goods and equipment but plans are still in early stages.
  • Funds already available in Japan will cover the costs of the current response while donations from the United States and other countries will enable a medium to long-term response.
  • Two experienced International Emergency Services workers have flown to Tokyo from International Headquarters in London to assist their Japanese colleagues.

The Salvation Army is calling on everyone to pray for the survivors and victims of the Japan earthquake.

  • Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
  • These funds offer the greatest flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible.
  • Corporate partners are also contributing to relief effort in Japan:
    • Koch Industries of Wichita, KS donated $500,000 to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts.
    • FedEX Corp. and the UPS Foundation will both donate $1 million in cash and in-kind transportation to relief organizations including The Salvation Army and the Red Cross

There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Japan:

  • Text the words “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
  • By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • On-line at:  https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org
  • By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to
    • The Salvation Army World Service Office
    • International Relief Fund
    • PO Box 630728
    • Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting donations of goods or household items (gifts-in-kind) from the general public for disaster relief operations in Japan. 

The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the generosity that has already poured in to help us meet both immediate and long-term needs.

  • Donation Update (3/24/2011)

TOTAL:    $4,003,445 million

ONLINE: $3,321,710

TEXT TO GIVE: $142,210    

1800-SAL-ARMY: $82,000

MAIL: $457,525 (3/24/2011)

Donate at: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org

*Note the mail figures reflect donations received up to 3/24, the other numbers from 3/21.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Source: International News, Southern Territory Communications Bureau

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