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Area Businesses Lead the Charge in Japanese Earthquake Relief

Companies throughout our region have taken action to support Red Cross relief efforts in Japan by committing more than $200,000 to the to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami, which provides funding for relief supplies and other needs. They are encouraging their customers and employees to follow suit.

  • Constellation Energy Foundation has donated $50,000 plus employee gift match
  • CareFirst has given $50,000 plus employee gift match.
  • McCormick & Company has also contributed $50,000 plus an employee gift match up to $50,000.
  • Wegmans has made a $100,000 Foundation Gift and launched a customer giving campaign.
  • Legg Mason and the Baltimore Ravens have also pledged to help.
  • Thanks to the help of these caring companies, relief materials are being delivered to those who need them most. The Japanese Red Cross are addressing urgent needs and mobilizing a massive response operation. The Red Cross is providing a wide range of help and support in the form of food, water, medical supplies, emotional support and family linking services to locate missing loved ones.

    "At a time when the Japanese Red Cross is providing medical assistance, blankets, and other humanitarian care to tens of thousands of Japanese who have been devastated by earthquakes, a tsunami, and evacuations occasioned by nuclear power crises, the Japanese Red Cross is extremely grateful for the financial assistance being provided by the American people and the American Red Cross," said Naoki Kokawa, Director, International Department of the Japanese Red Cross.

    These same businesses also support local Red Cross efforts. The Red Cross of Central Maryland provides food, shelter, clothing and other support to thousands of disasters victims in our region every year after house and apartment fires. The Red Cross also supported local residents after a tornado destroyed a Baltimore neighborhood this past winter.

    The American Red Cross of Central Maryland shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides lifesaving blood to area hospitals; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit or Twitter us at