American Red Cross Raises Over $120M for Japan Relief

    A volunteer with the Japanese Red Cross surveys the damage in Otsuchi following the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country. The American Red Cross has raised approximately $120.5 million for relief efforts in Japan. Photo by: Japanese Red Cross Society

    The American Red Cross says it raised approximately $120.5 million for relief efforts in Japan as of March 29. The funds will go to the Japanese Red Cross, which is providing medical services, emergency relief and counseling to people affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    The American Red Cross is expected to provide $50 million to its Japanese counterpart in the next few days, while the remaining sum will be made available as funds start to come in. The American Red Cross has provided an initial $10 million in the early days of disaster relief efforts.

    In addition to funds for the Japanese Red Cross, the group has also committed $500,000 to the World Food Program.

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