By early afternoon, a total of $2,075 had already been raised.
The Red Cross "is encouraging Canadians to make financial donations that will help provide clean water, shelter, medical support and emergency supplies to those affected by the disaster," said local branch manager Diane Lajambe Monday.
Also Monday, the Canadian Bankers Association announced all major Canadian banks will accept donations from March 15 to April 15 to go toward Red Cross disaster relief for Japan.
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know if that will happen or not (again), but we're prepared for a large response . Given the last few major disasters, it's usually a day or two before people start coming in."
Joanne Elvy, AU's director of international student out reach, said the group wants to continue ongoing fundraising efforts for the Red Cross.
The last time volunteers were deployed from the Sault Ste. Marie and District branch was in 2005, in response to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.
She is still waiting to see if volunteers will be needed to head to the disaster zone. At this point the Red Cross is on standby, waiting for word from Japan in case personnel and supplies are needed from Canada.
The appeal for donations comes a little more than a year after the earthquake that flattened Haiti, described as the largest single country response in the Red Cross movement's history. In Sault Ste. Marie about $170,000 was raised.
With images of millions of Japanese without homes, hydro, water or heat, people may be wondering what they can do to help. The Canadian Red Cross says the best thing is to donate cash that can be quickly converted into supplies for the earthquake and tsunami ravaged Reebok Furylite Woven
Locally, Lajambe said one person came in the Allard Street office to make a $500 donation on Friday. On Monday, foot traffic to the office was "pretty steady," she said.
The Canadian Red Cross says it has raised $1.4 million Canada wide, mostly in online donations. You can also text ASIA to 30333 to make a one time $5 donation, or call 1 800 418 1111.
full time students at Algoma University, who are from Japan, raised $801 for the Red Cross at a social night Saturday.
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