(AFP) – Mar 14, 2011
WASHINGTON — The American Red Cross has raised nearly $8 million to support relief after Japan's disaster, with US companies also offering multimillion-dollar donations, representatives said Monday.
The American Red Cross raised $7.75 million dollars as of Sunday at 4:00 pm (1800 GMT), including $1.1 million dollars sent by text-messaging, an organization spokesman said. Updated figures were due late Monday.
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.
A number of other US groups including the Salvation Army were also collecting donations for Japan, which was battered by a tsunami Friday from an 8.9-magnitude quake -- one of the most powerful in recent times.
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.
Americans can donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting 90999. American Airlines was also teaming up with the Red Cross to offer frequent flier miles for donations.
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