|Save the Children Receives $250,000 from Disney to Help Children and Families Recover from Superstorm Sandy|
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|With Disney's contribution, we can help rebuild thousands of children's lives affected by Sandy," said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children's CEO.
WESTPORT, Conn. (Nov. 27, 2012)—Save the Children announced today that it has received a $250,000 donation from Disney in support of its recovery efforts for children and families in New York and New Jersey affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Working in cooperation with FEMA, The American Red Cross and other local and state agencies, Save the Children focuses its disaster response activities to ensure that the needs of children are not forgotten during times of crisis.
"With Disney's contribution, we can help rebuild thousands of children's lives affected by Sandy," said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children's CEO. "Children are naturally vulnerable, and the experiences they have had during Sandy will stay with them for a considerable time. It is our purpose to ensure that those children – and their parents and caregivers – have the specialized support to cope and recover. We are able to deliver on that promise to kids with Disney's help."
Immediately following the storm that devastated the East Coast and forced thousands form their homes, Save the Children was there with kits to establish Child Friendly Spaces at shelters in New York and New Jersey. These safe play areas allow children to socialize and begin to recover from emotional distress in the storm's aftermath. Additionally, the organization distributed in-kind contributions of cribs, baby care supplies, hygiene kits and nutritious snacks.
In the weeks and months ahead, Save the Children will be helping to restore access to local child care services or initiate temporary education programs in affected communities; working with local education and child care providers to implement its signature Journey of Hope programs, pioneered after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, to help children process and express the fears, emotions and stresses they experience during a disaster and build their own coping mechanisms; and assisting communities in emergency preparedness over the longer term so that those responsible for children are able to safeguard them when a disaster strikes.
To support Save the Children's Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts, visit savethechildren.org/sandy or text HURRICANE to 20222 to donate $10 from your mobile phone. When you receive a text message, reply YES.
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in more than 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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