Company’s Relief and Recovery Assistance Includes $1 Million Donation to Save the Children From the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund and Infant Product Donations fom Toys“R”Us, Japan
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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 6, 2011) — Save the Children has received a total of $1 million from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., to provide relief to children and families affected by this crisis in Japan.
In addition to the financial assistance, Toys“R”Us has also donated urgently needed baby products to families living in evacuation centers, including tens of thousands of diapers, as well as blankets, pajamas, washcloths, towels, hats and legwarmers.
“We are grateful to Toys“R”Us for providing vital funds and urgent necessities in the aftermath of this disaster, demonstrating tremendous dedication to the needs of children and offering help and hope to those affected by this crisis,” said Charles MacCormack, President and CEO of Save the Children. “With needs so great, we have already committed to a three-year recovery program in Japan, which we can do based in part on the swift and strong support from Toys“R”Us.”
“From the moment this disaster occurred, our dedicated employees at our Japan headquarters in Kawasaki and at our stores throughout the country have been working around the clock to determine the best ways to help those affected,” said Monika Merz, President and CEO, Toys“R”Us Japan. “We are a company that cares deeply for little ones, and Toys“R”Us is proud to support Save the Children in its efforts to address the specific physical and emotional needs of the children affected by this crisis. At the same time, we are coordinating with our Toys“R”Us teams around the world to bring urgently needed supplies, such as diapers, water and batteries, to stock our stores in Japan for families who need them.”
Save the Children has worked in Japan for 25 years. An estimated 74,000 children remain displaced as a result of the disaster in Japan. Many children and families are staying in over 2,000 evacuation centers, some of which have no electricity or running water. Save the Children has set up 19 “child-friendly” spaces in evacuation centers. The organization is also planning to distribute 500 kits to families so that they can attend to hygiene needs, as well as 5,500 education kits to provide to children who lost all of their possessions, including school supplies.
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