City, Red Cross help Chile and Minneapolis’ "sister city" with earthquake relief

Following the 8.8 magnitude earthquake and numerous aftershocks that struck Chile on Saturday, Feb. 27, the City of Minneapolis and the American Red Cross Twin Cities Area Chapter announced on March 4 how folks can donate to the International Response Fund – Chile Earthquake, in recognition of Minneapolis’ "sister city" relationship with Santiago, Chile.

Donations to the American Red Cross International Response Fund Chile Earthquake, will aid relief efforts throughout the country and can be made in honor of Santiago, Chile, one of Minneapolis "sister cities" since 1961. To contribute, folks should call the Twin Cities Red Cross at 612-460-3700 or visit their website.

Since the earthquake struck Chile, the American Red Cross has responded with a pledge of $250,000 from its International Response Fund to aid relief operations.

The City of Minneapolis established its first "sister city" relationship with Santiago, Chile, in 1961, under Mayor P. Kenneth Peterson. The purpose of "sister city" relationships is to promote greater good will and understanding through cultural, educational and other mutually beneficial exchanges. These relationships are supported by citizen groups here in Minneapolis whose members organize the exchanges and other activities.

The City of Minneapolis works through Meet Minneapolis on behalf of the 10 Sister City relationships worldwide, and is recognized by Sister Cities International, a non-profit citizen diplomacy network.

Published Mar. 4, 2010