Technology helping those in need

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Technology is making it more convenient to help those in need, and Executive Director of the Northeast Arkansas Chapter for the American Red Cross, Pam Knapp-Carver, says they are using the resources people come into contact with everyday.

"The American Red Cross realized that an easy way for people to donate to disasters, in particular Japan is through cell phones and texting REDCROSS to 90999. This will make a ten dollar donation to the Japanese effort."

Once the text is sent, $10 is automatically added to your cell phone bill. "Texting and social media is a way, today, for so many people. It's quick, it's easy. People are utilizing it. It's a new way in this world we're living in, today, to reach out and help and we realize people always have their cell phones with them and texting is something people are doing as a way of communicating as much or more than a telephone, seems like now."

Carver says they did this type of donation option a few years ago for Haiti and it was an enormous success. They are hoping to have the same result for the people of Japan. Carver says the Japanese Red Cross is working tirelessly to aid the victims, but the need the help of others to continue their work.

"The Japanese Red Cross is very active in Japan and they are working very hard. Just like the American Red Cross, they have shelters set up. They are distributing blankets, cots are set up, medical teams are out and every little bit someone can afford to give helps when you have a disaster, particularly one of this magnitude."

The Nucor-Yamato Steel Company in Blytheville recently made a one million dollar donation to the Northeast Arkansas American Red Cross Chapter for the relief efforts in Japan.

For more information about the American Red Cross or how you can help with the relief efforts in Japan, log onto their website.

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