Tsunami Reaches West Coast in the US Causing Millions in Damages; Non-Profit Sector Mobilizes to Provide Emergency Relief to Those Affected by 8.9-Magnitude Earthquake

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Charitable boat donation program Boats with Causes announces commitment to providing emergency relief assistance to those affected by the earthquake in Japan and the tsunami. AP reports millions of dollars in damages to harbors and boats in marinas along the west coast of California and Oregon. Boats with Causes pledges to accept damaged boat donations to help victims of the tsunami.

Oceanic waves caused by a major 8.9-magnitude earthquake in the northeast coast of Japan hit the western coast of the United States on Friday including California and Oregon. Associated Press reports that 6-8 foot waves flooded beaches in California and the pacific northwest causing millions in damages to harbors, destroying boats and docks in marinas and prompting the evacuation of residents near the shoreline.

Five people who were watching the waves were swept out to sea in Oregon, however one man who was taking pictures in the northwest coast of California is still missing and is presumed dead after rescue helicopters halted at search and rescue mission after seven hours flying over frigid waters.

In California, large waves wreaked havoc on docks causing millions of dollars in damages to boats, reports AP. Spokesman for the sheriff in Del Norte County stated upwards of 35 vessels were colliding as massive waves crashed boats together causing them to sink.

Early Friday morning Vincent Everett CEO of the non-profit charitable organization Works of Life International Ministries issued a statement of emergency pledging to provide disaster relief to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and other areas in the Pacific including Hawaii, California, and Oregon. Following the first 24 hours after the devastating earthquake Everett delivered the following statement:

"We were all holding our breaths hoping that the long arm of the tsunami would leave Hawaii and the US mainland unscathed. On behalf of Works of Life and our affiliate charitable program Boats with Causes, I'd like to express my deepest sympathies for those dealing with the loss of a loved one in the wake of the earthquake and the tsunami."

If you would like to make a donation to help victims of the earthquake in Japan and the tsunami call Works of Life International ministries at (888) 228-7320.

Works of Life is a faith-based, non-denominational charitable organization in operation along the west coast of California and Oregon, as well as the south and the east coast, for over ten years. Spokesperson for the organization Marshal Garth provided a press statement following news that the tsunami had reached the the United States mainland:

"As of now many boat owners are left with damaged boats or other sea vessels, which is extremely frustrating because unless a ship is in excellent shape it's going to be hard to sell, forcing shoreline residents to invest in repairs or worse yet, having no other recourse but to discard them. Works of Life has pledged to provide charitable aid to those affected by the tsunami in the US and abroad; one way we are doing that is by accepting boat donations, even if the vessel is destroyed and cannot run."

Garth's statement refers to Works of Life's commitment to provide relief to those in need by using resources that community members want to give away anyway. Chief executive Vincent Everett adds, "We have been accepting damaged sea vessels for many years, repairing them, and giving owners a tax-break while at the same time distributing financial support to worthy charitable causes. Donate your boat to charity and Works of Life, a Federally Registered non-profit organization, will use it to provide disaster aid to victims of the tsunami."

Boats with Causes has recently been mentioned in Forbes magazine as attention spread about what Everett calls an innovative charitable system; Donors give their boat to charity in any working or non-working condition and the funding generated from them goes directly to support people affected by natural disasters and other crises. Read full press release here.

Everett continues, "Over the years Boats with Causes has become one of the leading charitable Boat Donation programs in all the US. Combined with Works of Life and the With Causes charitable network, Boats with Causes has received thousands of donations from Donors across the US and elsewhere. It's all about making life a little easier for people who have been affected by the tsunami."

Works of Life International Ministries

Boats with Causes

1081 S. Cimmaron
Las Vegas, Nevada 89145

About Boats with Causes/ Works of Life Intl. Ministries Inc.:

Operating since 1999 Works of Life is a non-profit, non-denominational faith-based charitable organization that provides charitable works for other like-minded organizations in the form of endowments, grants and much, much more.

Their clients range from social service agencies to private non-profits, hospitals and more importantly individuals with special needs including victims of crime, military families, those with physical challenges and victims of abuse.

Works of Life has enjoyed a successful relationship with many like-minded charitable Organizations, developing residential based programs for those interested in Ministering to others but limited physically in doing so.

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