A "drive-through" fundraiser at Dodger Stadium March 15 raised $58,347 (and counting) to help aid Japan quake relief.
Well Fargo also joined in the effort, donating $500,000 to the national effort. The bank will also match employees' contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to another $500,000, for a potential total of $1.5 million.
"On behalf of our 280,000 team members, we want to express our deepest sympathy for the victims and their families and mobilize our efforts to provide help," said Wells Fargo's Chairman and CEO John Stumpf.
Wells Fargo customers will be able to donate up to $249.99 via the more than 1,000 Wells Fargo ATMs across the Southland. Fees will be waived, and 100 percent of the donation will go to relief efforts.
NBC LA and the Clear Channel Los Angeles radio stations partnered for the fundraiser, which lasted 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The money is being donated to the American Red Cross Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts
The American Red Cross is offering assistance to the Japanese Red Cross following Friday's magnitude-9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami that left towns and villages in Japan devastated.
Additionally, the organization opened evacuation centers supporting more than 2,500 people seeking refuge from the tsunami in Hawaii and the west coast.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters. It is a charitable organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
If you missed Tuesday's event, here are other ways anyone can help:
- LA-based Operation USA is preparing to aid in the relief effort. Donate here.
- The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund was launched by GlobalGiving.org right away and has already raised almost $28,000 in relief funds and the number is quickly rising. Click to donate.
- Save the Children is also accepting donations through their Children's Emergency Fund program.
- You can also donate through International Medical Corps and find out other ways to contribute to their medical response efforts here.
- The aid group Americares is mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region. You can donate to their effort here.
- World Vision is accepting donations and will rush food, water, medical supplies, and shelter through their Disaster Response Fund.
President Obama said that the U.S. stands ready to help Japan.
"The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakable, and only strengthens our resolve to stand with the people of Japan as they overcome this tragedy," Obama said in a statement.