Local Red Cross preparing to send aid to Japan
Local Red Cross officials are on standby to help with relief efforts in Japan, but haven’t received any donations specifically earmarked to assist victims of the earthquakes and tsunami that rocked the country last week.
“We had a more immediate response to the earthquake in Haiti about a year ago,” said Darrell Riley with the East Texas Piney Woods Chapter of the American Red Cross. “I don’t know if that’s because it’s closer geographically or because it was a poverty-stricken country even before the earthquake struck there.”
If people want to help, the best way to do is by making monetary donations to the American Red Cross, he said.