Kentuckians called on to help Japanese

Kentucky Representative Steve Riggs filed a resolution Tuesday asking Kentuckians to reach out and assist the many victims of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

“Kentucky has an especially close relationship with Japan because of our many economic ties, highlighted by the fact that about 150 of their companies provide more than 31,000 jobs here in the Commonwealth,” said Rep. Riggs, D-Jeffersontown. “We also have a storied history of reaching out to help others in time of need, as we did a little more than a year ago following Haiti’s devastating earthquake. I’m sponsoring this resolution to give our citizens suggestions on what, exactly, they can do.”

Rep. Riggs’ resolution noted the work already being done by such humanitarian organizations as the United Methodist Committee on Relief, International Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. “These are just a few that could use our donations,” he said. “The Japan/America Society of Kentucky is also coordinating assistance. More information about its efforts can be found by calling (502) 209-9630.”

Rep. Riggs added that he also “would like to see us do something through state government, because a crisis of this magnitude needs as much support as possible. That could include possibly having Governor Beshear make a request to the federal government to consider utilizing our Kentucky National Guard as well as having state agencies coordinating local volunteer efforts. Either of these, but preferably both, could really make a difference.”

A copy of Rep. Riggs’ resolution will be mailed to the Japanese ambassador in Washington, D.C.

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