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Western Union Waives Fee for Money Transfers to Japan

Japan earthquake and tsunami destruction
Western Union has introduced a no-fee money transfer program to Japan

In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan recently, Western Union as of today, March 17, 2011, is waiving the fees for money transfers to that nation.

This program will continue to be available through April 17, 2011, and is subject to network and currency availability, the company said. Money transfers to Japan can be made at Western Union service locations, or online through their website, which is WesternUnion.com.

Earlier this week, the Western Union Foundation made a $50,000 contribution to Mercy Corps in support of Peace Winds Japan, its local partner, to provide for the immediate needs of Japanese disaster survivors, including supplying shelter, food, water, blankets and medicine.

Additionally, Western Union has activated a special account to enable U.S. consumers to support Japan disaster-relief efforts. People in the U.S. can donate to Mercy Corps by sending a no-fee money transfer using the Western Union Quick Collect service (code city: Japan Relief, CO) online or through any participating Western Union agent location.

The Western Union Foundation also has initiated a Japan Earthquake Relief Fund to match donations from Western Union employees.

I commend Western Union for taking these steps. This is exactly the kind of corporate social responsibility that we need to see more of. I encourage people to take advantage of this program by donating to Mercy Corps through Western Union.

Western Union No-Fee Transfers to Chile in March!

Destruction from the Chile earthquake
Devastation in the Chilean port city of Talcahuanao by the tsunami and earthquake. Western Union will be offering no-fee money transfers to Chile in March. (Photograph: Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images).

Business Wire reports that in order to help the victims of Chile’s devastating earthquake, Western Union will be waiving money transfer fees for transfers from the USA to Chile, tarting Saturday, March 6, 2010, and concluding Friday, March 19, 2010.

I think that is a great idea and a wonderful way to give something back to the community and show support for the victims of the disaster.

The “No Transfer Fee” program also is available through westernunion.com from the U.S.

For more information about operating Agent locations in Chile, consumers may visit www.westernunion.com or call in the United States 1-800-325-6000 (English and Spanish).

“The hearts of all Western Union employees go out to those affected by Chile’s earthquake,” said Stewart A. Stockdale, President of The Americas and Executive Vice President Global Cards and Global Key Accounts, Western Union. “The earthquake damages have generated massive infrastructural challenges for businesses operating in the impacted region, and we continue to work with our Agents toward restoring service and supporting our consumers in Chile.”

To help the victims of Chile’s devastating earthquake, The Western Union Foundation, as part of The Western Union Company’s corporate signature program, Our World, Our Family(R), announced earlier this week a $50,000 donation to World Vision towards earthquake relief efforts.

Western Union, through its global foundation, also has activated its Agent Gift Matching Program in support of Chile, matching one-for-one Agent donations from around the world made to the Western Union Foundation, up to a combined match of $100,000. Western Union is encouraging employee donations to be made directly to the Western Union Foundation in support of Chile relief efforts. All employee donations will be matched two-to-one in the U.S. and three-to-one outside the U.S.