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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 13, 2011) — Save the Children announced today it will receive a $1 million donation from Ty Warner, CEO of toy manufacturing giant Ty Inc., to help children and families affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The company also created an exclusive HOPE FOR JAPAN™ Beanie Boo®, which will be sold at retailers worldwide and can be ordered on Ty.com.
“I am deeply moved by the disaster in Japan,” said Mr. Warner. “I have visited the beautiful nation of Japan many times. As I kept hearing more and more devastating news about the children, I reached out to Save the Children, which is exactly aligned with my corporate mission, and have guaranteed a $1 million donation to help their relief efforts.”
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. Save the Children has set up 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.
“Ty’s partnership with Save the Children to benefit children in Japan who’ve experienced events that no child should ever endure is a tremendous opportunity for us to bring comfort and hope to their lives,” said Charles MacCormack, President and CEO of Save the Children.
“For years, Ty and its universally recognized products and red heart logo have made a great difference in helping agencies like ours assist those in need, and I speak for our staff working nonstop in Japan in expressing our gratitude to Ty Warner and his team for joining Save the Children. At a time when children’s recovery from these disasters is only just beginning, Ty and Save the Children will be there to lend the hand they need.”
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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