FREEPORT — L.L. Bean is donating $250,000 to the Red Cross to support earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

“The Red Cross is known for its swift actions to provide emergency care and to help reconnect loved ones in these times of crisis,” Chris McCormick, president and CEO of L.L. Bean, said in a news release.
“It is the quickest and most effective way for L.L. Bean to offer our assistance to the Japanese people suffering from this disaster.”

The outdoors and clothing retailer operates 20 stores, a call center and administrative offices in Japan, with most of the locations in the Tokyo area.

The company has confirmed that all 300 of its Japan-based employees “are OK,” according to McCormick.

L.L. Bean also is giving solar-powered radios, crank flashlights, blankets, sleeping bags and cook stoves to its employees in Japan during the emergency.

Five of L.L. Bean’s stores in Japan suffered minor earthquake damage.

To donate to Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief efforts, go to redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.