WESTPORT, Conn. (PRNewswire) — Save the Children announced April 15 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, 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.”
DreamWorks Animation 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.”
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 15 “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.
Donations can be made to Save the Children’s “Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund” www.savethechildren.org/japanquake or by calling 1-800-728-3843. Or Text “JAPAN” to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children for Japan earthquake relief (U.S. only, standard message rates apply). Donations to the New Zealand Children in Emergency Fund are also requested.