American Red Cross donations to Japan reach $100 million

    With an addition $40 million donation today, the American Red Cross has given $100 million to the Japanese Red Cross since last month’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The Southeastern Pennsylvania counties provided $2 million of that.

    “The American public has responded quickly and generously to help the survivors of these tragedies, providing almost $158 million in donations to the American Red Cross for the Japan earthquake and tsunami response,”  American Red Cross Senior Vice President of International Services David Meltzer said in a prepared statement.

    The Japan Red Cross is now preparing 70,000 temporary homes for 280,000 of the hardest-hit residents. The homes will have rice cookers, refrigerators, washing machines, hot water dispensers, microwaves and televisions.

    Nearly 190,000 people are still displaced.

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