Eileen Burke 203.221.4233 (W), 203.216.0718 (M)
Lane Hartill 202.640.6608 (W), 202.294.9700 (M)
WESTPORT, Conn. (March 18, 2011) — Save the Children received a $500,000 donation from the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund in support of the organization’s efforts to provide relief to children and families affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeast coast of Japan March 12.
According to Save the Children, a global humanitarian organization that has worked in Japan for 25 years, an estimated 100,000 children are displaced as a result of the disaster. Many children are staying in evacuation centers, some of which have no electricity or running water. In response, Save the Children is setting up child-friendly spaces. These are protective play areas that help relieve the anxiety faced by children and allow them to spend time with other children and play while being supervised by responsible adults.
In addition, Save the Children is working with a Toys “R” Us team in Japan to provide immediate deliveries of urgently needed baby products to hard-hit areas, including 64,800 cases of diapers, as well as blankets, pajamas, washcloths, towels, hats, legwarmers.
Save the Children has an ongoing partnership with Toys “R” Us, Inc. and the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund to provide children and families with needed assistance in times of crisis, including in the wake of large-scale disasters in the U.S. and around the world.
The core mission of the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. Toys “R” Us, Inc. sells merchandise in approximately 1,600 stores, including 866 Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores in the United States, and more than 520 international stores and over 200 licensed stores in 33 countries and jurisdictions.
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