But a Rosemead man also felt compelled to raise money for victims in Japan.
Johnnie Iwabuchi's family is in Sendai, one of the hardest-hit areas by the earthquake and tsunami.
Iwabuchi turned to the Internet to reach his family, posting pictures of his aunt and uncle to find them.
"We saw the tsunami hit and we were just devastated," he said. "I had tears. I was sad at first."
As they waited for word, Iwabuchi jumped into action to help by registering with the Red Cross to be an official drop off point.
"I told the Red Cross this was a personal thing, but the money I raise, at least I can help others too," Iwabuchi said.
Thousands were missing in Japan and hundreds of thousands of others were still in need.
"The Japanese Red Cross has asked for monetary help," said Monica Diaz of the Red Cross Los Angeles chapter. "The best way anyone can help is by going online."
ABC7 has partnered with the Red Cross to raise money for the victims of the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami.
Donations by check can be sent to:
ABC7 Japan Disaster Relief Fund
P.O. Box 5967
Glendale, CA 91221
All checks should be made out to the Red Cross, with "Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief" in the memo line.
Or donate here: http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main&s_src=RSG00100E013&s_subsrc=ONR_MainDonateButton
You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone