March 14, 2011, 1:14 pm
Early donation totals are starting to come in from charities that are raising money to aid victims of the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan.
- The American Red Cross had raised approximately $19-million as of Monday afternoon Eastern time. Text-message contributions accounted for $1.6-million of that total.
- Catholic Relief Services had raised $450,000 as of Monday afternoon.
- Give2Asia raised $33,500 for relief efforts over the weekend.
- International Medical Corps so far has raised $11,830 via text message.
- International Rescue Committee so far has received $25,000, which it will give to Japanese charities that are providing immediate relief. The organization has an emergency team on standby ready to assist if needed.
- Mercy Corps had received $600,000 as of Monday afternoon.
- The Salvation Army had received more than $980,000 by Monday afternoon. Of that total, more than $68,000 came in via text message.
- Save the Children had raised $2.5-million in the United States as of Monday morning. Of that total, $15,000 came in via text message. Branches of the charity in other countries have raised $500,000 more for relief efforts.
- World Vision U.S. had received $848,000 as of Monday morning. Text-message donations totaled $8,200.