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      'Action 4 Japan' disaster relief drive all day Friday

      Action 4 News and Lone Star National Bank have launched a disaster relief drive in the Rio Grande Valley to help raise money for the people who survived the tsunami and earthquake in Japan in early March.

      Spirit of the Valley: Taking Action 4 Japan launched March 21st and runs through April 1st.

      A Japan Disaster Relief Fund, Account# 3625007444, is now open and donations are being accepted at all Lone Star National Bank locations across the Rio Grande Valley.

      The Valley is also encouraged to send in donations via text message, by phone or by mail to the American Red Cross.

      One hundred percent of the donations will be used to purchase clean water, clothing, medical supplies, food, provide shelter and daily care items.

      The death toll has climbed to nearly 9,500 people with another 14,700 still missing.

      These figures do not include the near half million reported homeless from the impact of the tsunami and earthquake.

      Lone Star National Bank is known for stepping up and getting involved when natural disasters like these happen.

      We believe in the communities we live in and serve," said Lone Star National Bank Chief Executive Officer A. Jabier Rodriguez. "This why we want to encourage our communities to come together with Lone Star National Bank and KGBT Channel 4 to make a difference for the victims in Japan. We did it for the victims in Haiti and we can do it again for many families in Japan.

      Action 4 News started broadcasting the news of the relief efforts on, Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word.

      The Spirit of the Valley is a concept that promotes the good in our community," said KGBT-TV CEO/President Tom Keeler. "Action 4 News believes it is the responsibility of corporate citizens to help those in need, and in this case it is clearly the people of Japan

      It is for this reason that KGBT has partnered with Lone Star National Bank, the American Red Cross and HEB to mobilize our collective resources to contribute to the recovery efforts currently under way, where the extent of pain and suffering is still not known.

      Locations & Times

      Both Lone Star National Bank and Action 4 News will also be taking the drive into the community Friday, March 25th.

      We will broadcast live from the H.E.B. on Paredes Line in Brownsville, H.E.B. Plus! in Mission and at the KGBT studio in Harlingen, so stop by and make a donation.

      We will broadcast live 5 - 6:30 p.m. from the Lone Star National Bank at 600 E. Nolana, in McAllen on Tuesday, March 29th .

      We are confident the Spirit of the Valley will be felt by those in need in Japan, and we thank you our viewers for making a donation said Keeler.

      If you would like to make a donation, contact KGBT-4 News Director Kimberly Wyatt at or Lone Star National Bank Marketing Director Edna De Saro at



      Lone Star National Bank locations across the Rio Grande Valley

      Japan Disaster Relief FundAccount #: 3625007444

      By phone:

      English 1-800-733-2767Spanish 1-800-257-7575TDD Operator 1-800-220-4095

      Via Text MESSAGE:

      Text REDCROSS to 90999 (Will bill your cell phone bill $10.00)

      By Mail:

      American Red CrossP.O. Box 2202Harlingen, TX 78551

      Please designate your mailed in donation by writing Japan on the memo line of check.