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Update: Salvation Army disaster response in Japan

Submitted by on March 11, 2011 – 8 Comments

Our International Headquarters sent out the following information about earthquake response efforts in Japan:

>> The most damaged city is Sendai which is about 400 km away from Tokyo.

>> The Salvation Army’s Japan Territory is sending a team to Sendai immediately to begin providing the basic necessities and undertaking a needs assessment to determine what services are required.

>> Stranded communters were served meals and beverages at The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters building in Tokyo.

:: Click here for a link to coverage on The Salvation Army’s international headquarters website.

You can help:
>> Make an online gift at our secure donation portal or at 1800SALARMY; earmark your gift “Japan Earthquake / Tsunamis”
>> Text the word “Quake” or “Japan” to 80888 to make a $10 gift to support our disaster relief and response effort in Japan through our Salvation Army World Services Office.

Please pray for those affected in Japan and be sure to check this site later for more updated information.


  • Kristen Hoeft says:

    Are the Salvation Army sites in Japan accept women and children….at least at this time? I am only asking as I know most sites only accept men during “normal” times.

  • robb says:

    I’m an electrician and have a heart for people in nEed! Don’t have any materials to offer but only my skills and prayers.. any direction/guidance?

  • Kathy Lovin says:

    Thanks for your supportive comment Doug!
    Much appreciated,
    Kathy L

  • Kathy Lovin says:

    Thank you for your offer to help, Wynne.

    At present, disaster relief personnel from the US have not been requested by The Salvation Army in Japan.

    But, I’d be happy to send your information to our World Services Office so they can be aware of your interest.

    Thanks much!
    Kathy L

  • Wynne says:

    I was wondering if there are any opportunities for new volunteers to help with the relief efforts in Japan right now…

    I speak Japanese and I know much of the area of Sendai and I lived in Tokyo for over 2 years. Please if there is any information can you please e-mail me. Thank you

  • Doug D says:

    The above suggestion to donate cash is not just from this web site! FEMA says, “Financial contributions to a recognized disaster relief organization is…[the most] needed and the most efficient way of helping those impacted by disaster…. Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.”
    Take it from this emergency volunteer, check out the guidelines at

  • Kathy Lovin says:

    Dear Rodriquez

    Thank you for your kind offer. The public can help us most right now by making a financial gift that gives us the purchasing power we need to care for disaster survivors. Financial donations can be made by calling 1-800-SAL ARMY or by visiting us on the web at

    We are not accepting gifts-in-kind (clothing, household goods, etc.) in response to this international disaster because it’s not practical or cost-effective to accept goods in the US, then sort, pack, and ship then to Japan to be distributed in a disaster zone where roads and infrastructure have been badly damaged.

    Gifts of in-kind materials are always needed by your Salvation Army thrift store to support the work in your local community. If you wish to donate to your local thrift store, please call 1-800-95TRUCK or visit

    Please keep in mind that acceptance of material goods for “disaster survivors only” is not possible, as the logistics and added expense for transportation of these items is not practical.

    Thanks again and God bless you,
    Kathy L

  • Rodriguez says:

    I’d like to help by donating clothes with the specific purpose to reach the affected people in Japan. Is this possible? if so, where can I drop off the collected items? I plan to gather not only my household’s clothing but from additional household’s of friends and relatives. I just want to make sure it reaches Japan. A response will be eagerly expected. Thank you.