Local Businesses Collect for Japan Relief Efforts

The need for charitable aid to support relief efforts in Japan continues. A number of local businesses in town are working with the Red Cross to collect money for those efforts.

Earlier this week, the Japanese government raised the state of alert level at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant to its highest, as radiation continues to leak into the atmosphere, ocean and groundwater. Japanese officials say the situation remains “unpredictable” at this time while the government is taking every measure available to prevent complete disaster.

Tens of thousands of evacuated residents who lived near the plant, which was severely damaged in the earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, are being told their displacement will be long-term.

In light of the ongoing catastrophe, the need for waves of charitable aid continues. Many Americans are among those rallying to the cry for help by initiating various fundraising efforts and other types of relief for the Japanese people.

Here in Danvers, several local businesses have teamed up with the American Red Cross for its international relief efforts on the ground in Japan. Those businesses are:

  • , 62 Maple St., 978-739-4511
  • , 67 High St., 978-774-7500
  • , 139 Maple St., 978-777-6400
  • , 57 Maple St., 978-774-4545

Two other merchants in town have also partnered up with other organizations on relief efforts:

  • , 103 High St., 978-777-4123
  • , 5 Wenham St., 978-774-9138

Editor’s Note: to read more about how Cakes for Occasions owner Kelly Delaney is raising funds for relief work.

Karen Watson April 28, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Hi, I was inspired by your article about raising money for Japan relief that I opened a shop on Etsy to raise money for relief efforts in Japan through the Red Cross. I create elastic beaded bracelets and sell them for only $2.00 each on Etsy and 100% of the sales are donated to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan. I have already raised $324 in 3 weeks and have been contacted by a couple of people from Japan who are currently living in the US. They were so appreciative of the efforts and are going to mail the bracelets to family and friends in Japan to let them know that people in the US are trying to help. My Etsy shop is called "Japan Relief Bracelets" and the web address is www.etsy.com/shop/JapanReliefBracelets Karen Watson Danvers, MA


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