UMCOR plans emergency relief for Japan

Published 5:56 pm Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is asking for donations to help those affected by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that shook northeast Japan on Friday, March 11.

The strongest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years and the fifth strongest quake in the world, initiated a 33-foot tsunami wave that devastated the country.

The natural disaster killed more than 10,000 people and caused widespread destruction. In addition to homes and livelihoods being lost, the crisis intensified with the threat of nuclear radiation.

“In these times these people are really suffering and it’s our duty and honor to make a donation and help our neighbors,” said Marsha Littleton, a member of the United Methodist Church in Clanton.

One hundred percent of every Advance gift will go to the designated cause.

The Pacific Emergency Advance number for Japan’s cause is 3021317.

UMCOR is serving as the denomination’s intermediary for financial contributions. Special offerings will begin being requested Sunday, March 20. Donations can be made at any United Methodist Church.

Donation dates for the relief are ongoing.

“There is not a last day to donate, I don’t see an end to it,” said Littleton. “These people are going to need never–ending help, so people can donate at any time.”

To donate to the Pacific Emergency, UMCOR Advance number 3021317 visit; for local church and Annual Conference credit, place your gift in the offering plate on Sunday; make a check payable to UMCOR and mail to: UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087 (write the Advance number and project name on the memo line of the check) or call toll-free (800) 554-8583 to make a donation by credit card.