The Princeton group of Canadian Mothers for the Kids of Japan had another successful event this past weekend with a charity garage sale. The local group was overwhelmed with the generosity of donations the people of Princeton contributed; this made the garage sale a HUGE success . The organizers of the event expressed that they were not surprised that the people of Princeton stepped up to the plate, not only did they donated a large amount of quality items to sell, but also donated generously, raising $1220.67! 100% of the proceeds will be forwarded to the Canadian charity, Save the Children Canada, with the funds directed toward the relief efforts in Japan.
A special mention must go out to local volunteer Marylou Terryberry, “Without Marylou’s hard work and dedication on organizing and hosting this event, it would not have been such a great success. I am very grateful to have such an amazing women working with me.” said organizer Jamie Holloway, “she is just an inspiration to me, and I know that her hard work will also be greatly appreciated by the children in Japan as well.”
Save the Children has expanded its humanitarian relief effort in Japan already, conducting child protection activities in earthquake and tsunami affected areas. Furthermore, they are also distributing blankets to help mitigate the effects of unseasonably cold weather gripping the area. Future distributions are being planned to ensure that children are not left without essential goods in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
The most interesting thing the Save the Children teams have been doing, is setting up ‘Children Friendly Spaces’. These are protective play areas that help relieve the anxiety faced by children, allowing them to spend time and play other children while being supervised by responsible adults. The play areas also give parents much needed time that they can dedicate to finding food sources, work, accommodation and locating other friends and family.
The local Princeton group of Canadian Mothers for the Kids of Japan plan on hosting more local events to raise additional funds for the Save the Children Canada charity. Local organizer Jamie Holloway expressed “We have a goal to raise a total of $3000.00; we have currently raised $1735.17 so we are on our way, but still have some work to do.”
Upcoming events include a Reiki clinic by donation, as well as a charity dinner with a silent auction, these events will be coming up soon, so please keep your eyes open for the specific dates.
If you are interested in making a donation toward the local group and their efforts to help the children in Japan, Jamie Holloway will be accepting cash donations on behalf of the group. Please feel free to contact her at 250-295-3059; please note all donations over $15.00 will receive a tax receipt.