Ohio –Last week the law offices of immigration attorney Margaret W.
became the venue for recalling the loss of life and devastation that
the earthquake-tsunami brought to Japan eight weeks ago.
The invitation-only event was also an occasion to raise funds and
offer other forms of assistance to those displaced by the disaster
and resultant nuclear contamination.
At the behest of Mrs. Wong and Hiroyuki Fujita and Dr. Maria
Pujana, Kuninori Matsuda, Consul General of Japan, discussed the
catastrophe that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced tens
of thousands. He also provided an update on the disaster relief
efforts underway in the Tohoku region since the disaster struck
Joining him on the program was Richard W. Pogue, Chairman of the
Board of Directors, of the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland.
Fujita is a well-known entrepreneur who has lived in Cleveland since
1992; Dr. Pujana is a physician.
“The generous support of many people and businesses following the
devastating earthquake and tsunami has enabled the American Red
Cross to be one of the largest private, international contributors,”
Pogue said. “We are committed to using donor dollars wisely and
transparently to help meet the immediate and long-term needs of
earthquake and tsunami survivors, as director by the Japanese Red
“With unimaginable catastrophes like this, we cannot just watch from
here,” Mrs. Wong said, as she described her efforts, with Fujita and
Dr. Pujana, to put together this program. “We must act,so events
like this, with Consul General Matsuda and The Red Cross, will
remind us that there are people in Japan who desperately need our
So far, the American Red Cross has committed a total of $133.5
million to support relief activities, with more than $4.5 million in
text donations of $10 each as part of that sum. Initial donations
from the U.S. were used to help the Japanese Red Cross provide
medical care for thousands of people, to distribute relief items
such as blankets, and to provide the resources to find missing
Throughout the summer, the Japanese Red Cross will utilize
donations from the American people to outfit an estimated 72,000
temporary homes planned by the government with appliances such as
washing machines, refrigerators and microwaves. This program is
expected to benefit approximately 280,000 people.
The organization is exploring opportunities under the direction of
the Japanese Red Cross to assist in the building of a permanent
nursing school as well as a temporary hospital in one particularly
hard-hit area where nearly all of the medical facilities suffered
Relief efforts are ongoing and will be needed for the foreseeable
future. There are four ways to donate:
* Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to
the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.
* People can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999 and
when prompted, specifying their donation to that fund.
* Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make a donation for the Japan Earthquake
* Anyone can mail your check with Japan Earthquake noted in the memo
section to your local American Red Cross.
Convening a program of this kind reflects Margaret Wong’s
community activities and philanthropy. In 1998, she received the
coveted Ellis Island Medal of Honor for “outstanding achievements
and contributions to the multicultural fabric of the United States.”
Two years later, she was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of
Internationally recognized as one of America’s premier immigration
law firms, Margaret W. Wong & Associates (www.imwong.com) has
successfully represented thousands of employers and individuals for
more than 30 years. The firm has an AV Preeminent peer-review rating
from Martindale-Hubbell, indicating it has attained the highest
level of professional excellence. Besides Cleveland, the firm has
offices in Columbus, New York City, Atlanta and Chicago.