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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2011 > January-April > Little League International Urges Leagues, Volunteers to Support Japan Disaster Relief

Little League International Urges Leagues, Volunteers to Support Japan Disaster Relief

Little League International Urges Leagues, Volunteers to Support Japan Disaster Relief

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Little League International has received several inquiries from local leagues and volunteers about ways to help those coordinating relief efforts in Japan, following Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Little League encourages leagues and volunteers to assist by contacting their local chapter of the American Red Cross.

“Little League volunteers, by their nature, are interested in helping out whenever it is needed,” Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “We encourage our leagues and volunteers to do anything they can to help. We have worked with our local chapter of the American Red Cross here in the Williamsport area on local disasters, and it is one of the agencies with people on the ground in Japan right now. Whether it is to donate money, host a blood drive, or give blood personally, there is something everyone can do.”

To get information on the local Red Cross chapter in your area, or to donate directly, go to http://www.redcross.org/.

“We have heard from some of our friends in Japan, letting us know they are alright,” Mr. Keener said. “But we do have local leagues in those areas most affected by the disaster. Our hopes and prayers are with them, and all of the Japanese people, at this difficult time. As Japan recovers, we may hear about specific ways we can assist our leagues in getting back on their feet. But for now, we want to focus on helping with the overall recovery efforts.”

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID, at http://www.usaid.gov/) has more information on other agencies that are assisting in disaster relief.