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CRWRC partners to respond to Pacific earthquake-tsunami survivors

CRWRC is making arrangements with Christian partners to provide funds for immediate, emergency aid to earthquake survivors

GRAND RAPIDS, MI | March 12, 2011

After a catastrophic earthquake hit east of Honshu, Japan, in the early morning hours of Friday, March 11, CRWRC is making arrangements with Christian partners on the ground to provide funds for immediate, emergency aid to earthquake survivors.

In Japan, more than 600 people are confirmed dead at this time and many more casualties are expected. Numerous other Pacific countries have been on tsunami alert, but most have been spared significant damage. Wayne de Jong, CRWRC director for relief and rehabilitation, says staff continues to closely monitoring events in and around the Pacific Ocean.

CRWRC is launching a response with earthquake and tsunami survivors in affected countries in concert with Back to God Ministries International and Christian Reformed World Missions, the ACT Alliance, and other partners. All Christian Reformed Church staff located in Japan are reported safe.

To contribute to CRWRC's earthquake and tsunami response in Japan and in other affected locations, go to www.crwrc.org/donate and click on "Pacific Earthquake/Tsunami 2011." Or, give by credit card by calling 1-800-55-CRWRC in the U.S. or 1-800-730-3490 in Canada.

Members of the press wishing to arrange an interview with CRWRC director Andrew Ryskamp, call Beth DeGraff, media contact in the Grand Rapids, Mich., office at cell 616-647-7821.

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Beth DeGraff

Media Contact


2850 Kalamazoo Avenue SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49560-0600



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