Learn how you can help disaster victims in Japan

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The television images of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan are hard to watch and have Pine Belt residents wondering what they can do to help the victims.

One of the ways people in the Pine Belt can offer assistance is by contributing to the Red Cross. Officials at the South Mississippi Chapter in Hattiesburg said folks can stop by their Hutchinson Avenue location and give personally, or they can donate online or text a donation.

Already, the American Red Cross has given an initial ten million dollars to the Japanese Red Cross society to help with medical care and relief efforts. Red Cross officials also said many of the organization's chapters in Japan are equipped to deal with a nuclear crisis. Samantha McCain is a spokeswoman for the South Mississippi Chapter of the Red Cross.

McCain said, "The global network of the Red Cross chapters across the country and across the world are really gathering together and offering the Japanese their support."

In Hattiesburg, some local boutiques have already donated a portion of their proceeds to help with the Red Cross's disaster relief efforts. To offer your support just log onto redcross.org, or text Red Cross to 90999 to make a ten dollar contribution.

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