One of my readers that is a member of Costco Japan has asked that I post some information about how we can all donate to the Japanese earthquake relief efforts, as well as encourage Costco to do the same. As I’m sure you’re all aware the scope of destruction is mammoth and so many people are left without homes, have lost loved ones, and have very limited basic supplies like food and water. Japan will be struggling for a long time to rebuild and I’m sure that the donations we can all offer now will play an important role in making sure people can start the arduous task of putting their lives and cities back together.
Campaign to get Costco to Donate Relief Supplies in Japan
It’s snowing up there, and some people are still being rescued from rooftops. Shelters can’t keep up with demand for food/water/blankets/diapers/etc. Second Harvest Japan is accepting care packages, but that means days to get it mailed from all over Japan, days to sort it for redistribution, not to mention shipping costs.
Although Costco US accepts Red Cross donations on its US website, it seems the JRC has been doing mainly medical relief. Costco Japan already supplies some food items to Second Harvest Japan, but now they need non-perishables too, not to mention help distributing all of the food, water, and supplies. Costco’s bulk supplies are on pallets right there at the dock, and they could get to the needy much faster than a bunch of individual care packages from southern Japan. Costco could deliver, and Second Harvest Japan could distribute.
Feel free to donate to Second Harvest Japan, but please help me ask Costco to accept donations and to work directly with Second Harvest Japan. Cutting out the middle man is what Costco does best, and Japan needs it now.
Find Out More or Make a Donation to Second Harvest Japan:
Ask Costco To Directly Support the Relief Effort:
- Costco’s Facebook Page
- Send an Email or Place a Phone Call Directly to Costco
- Make a Donation to the Red Cross through Costco.com
A Couple of Other Ways to Donate:
- Google Crisis Response: Japanese Red Cross Society Page
- United Nations Foundation: Central Emergency Response Fund
Costco Location at Tamasakai Badly Damaged, Other Locations Open
Costco’s Tamasakai warehouse was the only one to sustain damage during the earthquake and tsunami. The parking garage at this location collapsed, and unfortunately two people were killed. The warehouse itself also sustained significant damage and will need to be closed for several months to undergo repairs and inspections. The rest of Costco Japan’s warehouses and a quick-turnaround distribution facility have been inspected and reopened.