A Photo before the Earthqauke and Tsunami
Today I was approached by one of my customers, Yumiko who is coordinating disaster relief for a kindergarten in the Sendai region of Japan, asking if I could help. Yumiko now lives in New Zealand, but her family is from the Sendai region and her cousin teachers at the Fukudamachi Kindergarten.
Following the earthquake, the staff at the kindergarten have been working hard to clean up and are now ready to welcome the children back. Whilst almost all 200 of the children are safe, some have lost their homes, leaving them without clothing, toys and basic necessities. Many of the children will be traumatised by the disaster.
The head teacher of Fukudamachi Kindergarten has welcomed an offer of a care package of clothing and toys which will be distributed to the children in need. NZ Couriers have kindly donated free shipping to the kindy (from a single point in New Zealand).
Here's where we come in - can you help with a donation of handmade new items with the following considerations:
The children are aged 3-5 years
- Clothing items are required more than toys
- Clothing can include skirts, shorts, tops dresses, polar fleece, hats etc
- Japan is heading into spring, but it is still very cool in the mornings and evenings in this part of the country (it is still snowing!)
- Please consider weight and bulk.
And if you'd like to....
- take a photo of you/your family/group and your item and email it to email@example.com as soon as possible,
- including the names and ages of those in the photo
Yumiko has organised for items to be dropped off on 28 April 2011 in Paraparumu. I am happy to act as intermediary collection point and either drive or courier all the items I collect to Yumiko on that day. If you would like to donate please leave a comment with your email address or email me and I will send you my address for delivery. I will need to receive all items by 27th of April in order to make the delivery deadline of the 28th!
Fellow bloggers if you could also let others know I would be extremely grateful.
Whilst many of us will have given in a variety of ways I am sure, this is an opportunity to see something you have made with love go to help those in direct need in Japan.
Thank you in advance!
P.S If you would like you can see more photos of the adorable children at their kindergarten here