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Connecticut Keeps Helping Japan Through Stamford-Based AmeriCares

Tsunami damage in Kesennuma city, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan - Apr 14, 2011 (credit: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tsunami damage in Kesennuma city, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan – Apr 14, 2011 (credit: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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STAMFORD, CT (WCBS 880) - Standing in their 60,000-square-foot warehouse, AmeriCares president Curt Welling told reporters that the third delivery of medical and hygiene supplies is now on it’s way from Toyko to Sendai.

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“The delivery to Japan was about 14 tons of medicine and, in terms of volume, that’s obviously more than a couple of suitcases,” said Welling.

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He adds that private philanthropy has raised $250 million for this effort, a little short of what was raised after the earthquake in Haiti and after Hurricane Katrina.

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Stamford native Bobby Valentine, who for a time managed a team in the Japanese league, is also involved in the effort.

Valentine says a large part of his heart is in Japan. He is preparing for a huge fundraiser in June.

A 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on March 11 and caused a tsunami that has devastated the country and left nuclear reactors on the verge of meltdown.