Walmart announced on March 16 it is making an initial commitment of $5 million in cash and donations to the relief effort. The company is also using its Japanese stores as distribution points for aid and even having workers set up in the parking lot when the store building is too badly damaged to use.
Earlier Walmart said "working with the Japanese government and relief organizations on the ground to provide food, water and daily necessities to the people who have been impacted by the disaster. Our trucks are beginning to make deliveries into the affected area, and our stores are now better prepared to act as focal points for relief. The Akishima Distribution Center has shipped 10 tons of water to Yokota Air Base. We continue to assess other ways we can help."
Costco said earlier this week that to assist in the relief efforts, all Costco locations around the world will be accepting donations at cash registers for the Red Cross/Red Crescent Relief Fund. Donations can also be made through the Red Cross link on www.costco.com.
Amazon.com's home page takes customers to a microsite where they can make donations to the American Red Cross's Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund using the e-tailer's Amazon Payments money-transfer system.
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