ELCA members contributed $750,000 by the end of March to aid survivors of a March earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan, killing more than 10,000 people and displacing some 250,000 others. As of March 18, the ELCA had released an initial $240,000 to partners, including the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church.
No JELC members suffered fatalities and church buildings had no major damage. The JELC is distributing food and items to families in Sendai, said Megan Bradfield, associate director, ELCA International Disaster Response. Leaders set up aid distribution points at churches and preschools for materials transported from Tokyo to Sendai, she said.
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