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Sons of Italy® Statement on Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Tragedy & Relief Efforts

March 14, 2011
Washington, D.C.

The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), the largest and oldest organization representing Italian American men and women, is deeply saddened by the tragic earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, and the dire conditions and loss of life left in its wake.

Understanding the pressing urgency of the situation, we cannot wait to act. We stand ready to offer our support to the reputable organizations tasked with and prepared to provide immediate assistance to the Japanese people and others left devastated by this tragedy.

We ask all Sons of Italy members and all Italian Americans to give what they can to aid this monumental humanitarian relief effort. We suggest direct cash donations to the following organizations:

Save the Children
www.savethechildren.org
800-728-3843

American Red Cross
www.redcross.org

Doctors Without Borders
www.doctorswithoutborders.org
888-392-0392

UNICEF
www.unicefusa.org

Lastly, we ask that you keep the people of Japan in your thoughts and prayers now and as the country rebuilds.

Joseph J. DiTrapani
National President
Order Sons of Italy in America

Vincent Sarno
President
Sons of Italy Foundation

 

Established in 1905, OSIA has more than 600,000 family members and supporters and a network of more than 650 chapters coast to coast. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To learn more, visit www.osia.org. | The Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) is the philanthropic arm of OSIA. Established in 1959, the SIF has contributed nearly $115 million to scholarships, medical research, cultural preservation, disaster relief, and other projects. To learn more, visit www.osia.org/sif.