Wal-Mart & Red Cross Teaming Up To Aid Tsunami Victims

January 03, 2005 -- Posted at 8:30 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- Wal-Mart announced on Monday, they would make an immediate two million dollar donation to the Red Cross, specifically for the tsunami relief effort.

Shopping in your local Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and Neighborhood Market, you'll notice a way you can help the cause as well.

Michael Black is the manager at the Wal-Mart store on Highland Drive.

"They have also set up for 3600 stores around the United States, drop boxes, to help the tsunami effort,"said Black.

Drop boxes can be found at Wal-Mart stores, and Sam's Club here in Jonesboro, and around Region 8.

Boxes were set up early Saturday morning, and the Wal-Mart on Highland Drive collected more than 500 dollars in the first weekend alone.

"It's all cash donations because it's going directly to the Red Cross,"said Black.

Mark Massey works for the Red Cross in Jonesboro.

"We try to stimulate the economy by purchasing the wood for rebuilding the home there, and the food when the have it, it not only helps people rebuild their homes, it also helps stimulate the economy,"said Massey.

Mark Massey says right now the Red Cross is concentrating on getting food, clean water, and medication to people who are barely surviving.

"We immediately have set up shelters, and we'll set up ways to feed them, and give them clothing,"said Massey.

Mark Massey says the best way to help this relief effort is through monetary donations.

"What we encourage people to do is have a fundraiser, and then send us a check, so that we can get the most for our dollar,"said Massey.

Tsunami victims are now being forced to start their lives completely over, and the goal of the Red Cross, is to provide resources to do so.