Girl Scouts Can Help

with Disaster Relief in Japan

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California
March 16, 2011

Dear Members and Friends of Girl Scouts,

We are deeply saddened by the recent news about the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunamis, and our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected across the globe, including some of our neighboring coastal communities, by this terrible tragedy.

In times like these, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the world come together to take action to help those in need, and many of you have already asked how you can help those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunamis.  Here are some ideas.  If you have other thoughts, please feel free to send an email to marcomm@girlscoutshcc.org.

How to Help Those Affected
Girl Scout troops can always donate some of their funds to disaster relief, as long as it is a decision made by the girls. The fund raising policy that prohibits Girl Scouts from raising money for other organizations has been temporarily suspended by GSUSA.

Girl Scout troops interested in helping can work with local community groups to assist in relief efforts. Please remember that donated dollars always help more than donated items, as the logistics of mailing and distributing these items are not practical after a disaster strikes.

Below are two local organizations that are accepting financial donations to help those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunamis.

The Red Cross: The Capital Region Chapter is our local Red Cross and they are located at 1565 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento, CA 95815.  They are taking monetary donations.  You can bring the donations into the office, mail donations ATTN Japan Relief, make a donation online at  www.redcrosscrc.org or text the word REDCROSS to 90999

Sacramento Buddhist Church: Monetary donations are being accepted by the Sacramento Buddhist Church (which sponsors a number of Girl Scout troops) located at 2401 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818.  All contributions will be bundled and forwarded to their home temple, the Nishi Hongwanji for direct purchase and distribution of drinking water, food and medical supplies. 

GSUSA: To contribute to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, you can make an online donation on the newly established Web site Girl Scouts of Japan Relief Efforts.  You can also send a check to GSUSA. 
Make checks payable to Girl Scouts of the USA:
Girl Scouts of the USA-Fund Development
P.O. Box 5046
New York, NY  10087-5046
Memo: Girl Scouts of Japan relief efforts 

Girls are also encouraged to send expressions of friendship to their sister Girl Scouts in Japan by making origami cranes (Sadako). For instructions, see YouTube videos. The Girl Scouts of Japan made and mailed thousands of these cranes to the United States as an expression of peace and friendship after the September 11th tragedy.
Mail cranes to:
USAGSO - West Pacific
HQ USARJ/9th TSC
Unit 45005
APO, AP 96343-5005

Here are a few more agencies accepting donations:

Shelterbox: Shelterbox provides assistance to afflicted countries by delivering large utility boxes that contain a shelter and other emergency relief tools. To donate online, simply go to your the American site and click DONATE

International Medical Corps: To donate to this global non-profit's Emergency Response Efforts fund, simply go to their site. 

Doctors Without Borders: You can visit their Web site and donate online or by phone.