Ty Warner, President and CEO of Ty Inc. (center, holding Beanie Boo™), visits children at a gakudo, or an after school center, near Sendai, Japan. Mr. Warner hand delivered Beanie Boos™ to children who had been affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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WESTPORT, Conn. (September 12, 2011) — Ty Warner, CEO of toy manufacturing giant Ty Inc. travelled to Sendai, Japan — a city devastated by the March earthquake and tsunami — on a visit hosted by international humanitarian organization Save the Children, to see how children are coping six months after the disaster.
In April, Mr. Warner donated $1 million to Save the Children’s relief efforts in Japan. Following the earthquake, Save the Children set up child friendly spaces in evacuation centers, providing children a chance to unwind and play with their friends in a safe environment and helping them recover from the stress and anxiety of the disaster. Save the Children also provided school materials to more than 3,000 children and supported school cafeterias that fed some 20,000 children.
Save the Children plans to support 65 centers in Fukushima, Iwate, and Miyagi prefectures, offering day care services and after-school activities with financial, material and technical assistance.
Mr. Warner created special Beanie Babies® to help relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. While in Sendai, Warner visited two gakudos, or after school centers, where he hand delivered HOPE FOR JAPAN™ Beanie Boos™ to children.
"I was deeply moved by the disaster in Japan and plan to visit the Sendai area to meet the children who have endured so much," said Mr. Warner ahead of his visit. "While tremendous progress has been made in the Miyagi Prefecture, there is still so much to be done. I hope my visits to the area bring ongoing attention to this critical cause and bring joy to the families who have suffered. I am committed to helping this great nation recover and move forward."
Save the Children has committed to a five-year plan to help children in affected areas return to normal life, support educational opportunities, restore community ties and promote the participation of children in the reconstruction process.
"Ty’s continued support for children affected by Japan’s earthquake is tremendous," said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. "Ty was incredibly generous when he donated to our relief and recovery efforts in Japan. But his visit to Sendai and the time he spent giving out Beanie Boos™ to children shows his personal commitment to them."
Ty, Inc. is an American toy manufacturer and owner of luxury hotels worldwide. Ty Warner is Chairman, CEO, sole owner and founder of Ty Inc., the largest manufacturer of plush in the world.
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