Chester Springs, Pa. - Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) has raised $19, 245 to aid the victims of last month's earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The buying group for specialty A/V dealers, custom installers and system integrators said it will split the funds evenly between the
. The Red Cross donation will be used primarily for healthcare and shelter, while the money raised for the Japan Society will go towards rebuilding the country.
HTSA worked with its Japanese vendors Mitsubishi, Panasonic and Sony in selecting the charities.
"We wanted our donations to not only help the current tsunami victims but also aid in Japan's future recovery," said HTSA executive director Richard Glikes. "This donation will help the American Red Cross to provide health care and shelter for the thousands of people injured or left homeless on March 11, and the money given to the Japan Society will go towards the rebuilding of the devastated areas.
"I'm extremely proud of the effort, generosity and unity that our members have shown during this unfortunate time," Glikes added. "The Japanese vendor community has been very supportive of HTSA, and we felt it was our turn to repay their support in some way."