While the nuclear crisis in Japan has monopolized the news, Japan is still recovering from the earthquake and tsunami. The scenes of the children being scanned for radiation are gut wrenching. The plight of the thousands of children left homeless, without parents and in desperation are beyond our grasp.
From the safe shores of the U.S. many of us are left wondering what we can do and how we can help now. Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.), the internationally recognized children’s charity, is coordinating immediate relief efforts for Japan’s youngest victims and has created a fund specifically for children.
“For children who have lost everything in the devastating earthquake and tsunami, a new blanket or outfit means the entire world,” said Dr. Janice Weinman, President of K.I.D.S. “As we mobilize our global network of resources to aid in this massive relief effort, the generous support of our donors will ensure that we are able to provide essential clothing and goods that children and families need in order to begin rebuilding their lives.”
K.I.D.S. uses a 10-to-1 system of matching donations, so the organization will donate $10 worth of new product for every $1 raised. In the hours following the earthquake and tsunami, K.I.D.S. called on both its corporate and individual donors for support. Urgently needed items, such as vitamins, water, blankets, undergarments, baby items and apparel are being collected and K.I.D.S. is working with its not-for-profit partners to ensure that shipments quickly reach affected children and families.
“Financial gifts have the greatest impact,” stated Janice Weinman, president of K.I.D.S. “We will use those gifts to help deliver product donations to shelters and agency partners in Northern Japan.”
So what can we do? Donating online is probably the quickest and most effective way to help. If your company would like to be a corporate sponsor, you can also find information on the website.
There have been some small glimmers of hope among the thousands of lives lost, but there are still thousands more of Japan’s smallest victims that urgently need our help.