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Southeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross Collecting For Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Disaster Relief

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(A child is held by a woman in a protective sheet at a temporary shelter set up at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo on Friday, after a powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history slammed the eastern coast, sweeping away boats, cars, homes, and people as widespread fires burned out of control.  AP photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Reiri Kurihara)

(A child is held by a woman in a protective sheet at a temporary shelter set up at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo on Friday, after a powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history slammed the eastern coast, sweeping away boats, cars, homes, and people as widespread fires burned out of control. AP photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Reiri Kurihara)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The local chapter of the American Red Cross is collecting funds to assist with disaster relief for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan and the Pacific Rim.

Those who want to help can go to www.redcrossphilly.org and click on the “Donate” tab to donate online.  There is a section specifically listing Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami.

Or people can make a $10 donation by texting “REDCROSS” (all one word) to 90999.  Gifts to the American Red Cross will support our disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and the tsunami throughout the Pacific.

The American Red Cross is only accepting financial contributions at this time.

And as of now, no personnel from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Red Cross were being sent to the disaster area.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio

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