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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 15, 2011) — Save the Children today announced that it has received $400,000 from employees of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. to provide relief to children and families affected by the disaster in Japan and earthquake in New Zealand.
“The generosity of the Dream Works Animation employees is much appreciated,” said Charles MacCormack, the President and CEO of Save the Children. “This money is going to help thousands of Japanese children return to school and their families rebuild their lives in the months and years to come.”
“On behalf of everyone in the DreamWorks Animation family, our hearts go out to the people of Japan and New Zealand. DreamWorkers from across the studio came together in a meaningful show of support the moment we put the word out about our Company-wide fundraising efforts to aid these two countries,” said Dan Satterthwaite, Head of Human Resources for DreamWorks Animation. “We truly hope that our monetary gift is able to make the dire situation a little bit better as individuals and organizations around the world continue to lend aid to these recovery 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. 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 “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.
Save the Children is also helping children and their caregivers in New Zealand recover emotionally from the February earthquake. The organization’s programs help New Zealanders reestablish a sense of trust, security and self-esteem, all factors in reducing or eliminating anxiety and the development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
For more information on Save the Children’s work in Japan and New Zealand, visit our website: www.savethechildren.org.
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including computer generated animated feature films, television specials and series, live entertainment properties and online virtual worlds, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for three consecutive years. In 2011, DreamWorks Animation ranks No. 10 on the list.
All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are now being produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 21 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.
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