Costco Japan and Earthquake Relief Donations

March 15th, 2011 · 7 Comments

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:

A Couple of Other Ways to Donate:

Costco Location at Tamasaki Badly Damaged, Other Locations Open

Costco’s Tamasaki 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.

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7 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Teresa // 2011.04.11 at 8:11 pm

    We have confirmed with Costco directly that Costco is NOT matching donations. They are looking into the misinformation to Costco members and the public.

  2. 2 Kathleen // 2011.03.21 at 6:53 pm

    My Costco wasn’t asking for donations at checkout but they did have signs posted and when I donated, my cashier informed me that the Costco CEO would match all donations made at all warehouses!!

  3. 3 EC // 2011.03.17 at 12:01 am

    Yes, I was at Costco today and they asked at the register to donate to the Red Cross. I was very happy they started asking and I hope many people will be generous and help out, even if it’s just $1.

  4. 4 Emily (Bentobloggy) // 2011.03.16 at 11:05 am

    Today at checkout they were asking people to donate $1 to Japan earthquake & tsunami relief.

    • 5 Kimberly // 2011.03.16 at 12:14 pm

      @Emily – I did see in an article today that Costco was taking donations to the Red Cross at checkouts in all of their stores, including all of the international locations (at least that was what the article indicated).

  5. 6 Emily (Bentobloggy) // 2011.03.15 at 8:24 pm

    I posted on their FB wall.

  6. 7 Robin from Orlando // 2011.03.15 at 9:18 am

    I have thought the same, that it would be great if we, the customers could partner with Costco. Let our donations cover cost including shipping, and Costco provides the products at cost and does the logistics.

    If the roads are impassible, our military needs to assist with drop shipping pallets of supplies.

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