Santa will continue his trip to Miyako for 2 days, then to Kamaishi, Ofunato, Rekuzentakata, Minami Sanrikucho, Ishinomaki and finishing his trip in Sendai.
This is our second year doing this. We plan to give out 3500 goodie bags, Christmas cards made by children, small gifts and more.
Here is our schedule:
17 Dec: Depart Camp Zama 0400 and arrive Morioka around 1300. We will go to 1[phone redacted] Bellview Elderly home
1[phone redacted] Mr. Omori home. (Bedridden in home)
1630 Morioka children hospital
Time not available yet Midori Gakuen
Time not available yet Kotorisawa Gakuen
18 Dec Miyako
19 Dec Miyako Yamada-machi
20 Dec Otsuchi-cho
Kamaishi temp housing
21 Dec Ofunato, Rikuzentakata, Kesennuma
22 Dec Minami Sanrikyo-cho, Ishinomaki
23 Dec Sendai. Kodomo no Mura Tohoku orphanage special Christmas meal.
24 Dec Sendai Moniwa-en elderly home
Sendai Tenshien orphanage.
We are still working on our schedule. we are updating our website to show each spot that we will be going to. Within a couple days it should be updated with all the information needed.
www.welovetohoku.org or our facebook at https://facebook.com/groups/welovetohoku
YouTube promotional video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fA8r5uiSqP0&feature=youtu.be
Here is what we did in the past.
For 8 days, Santa went to various temporary houses, children's homes, orphanages and retirement homes to bring some Christmas Cheer. We delivered almost 3000 good bags, tea gifts and hand made Christmas Cards to the people in Tohoku.
On March 11th 2011 at 1446, the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan struck in the Tohoku area causing a 40.5 meter high tsunami killing almost 16,000 people. It also caused the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor meltdown. Operation Tomodachi was formed and implemented almost immediately. Over 24,000 US servicemen and women helped Japan as it struggled during this triple diaster. Almost all US bases in Japan was involved somehow with the operation.
In March, 2016, Ryoichi ran over 1100 km in 17 days while visiting 7 US bases and 4 Japanese bases which included having a ceremony at Camp Sendai for the 5th anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake. Ervin Lawrence supported him by riding his bike and carrying all the supplies needed to be successful.
Our mission was to visit as many bases we can that was involved with Operation Tomodachi and say thanks for their contributions to support the effort of restoring the Tohoku area. Ryoichi Sekiya ran over 1100 km over a course of 17 days to thank them for their support. Ervin Lawrence ride a bike with a trailer and support him buy carrying his food, water and other supplies.
We also raised over $6000 to buy Tohoku Children's Village sports equipment such as basketball goals, soccer goals, ping pong tables, bicycles and so much more.
Please go to our website at http://www.welovetohoku.org/ and join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/welovetohoku
We really appreciate your help and support to lift the spirits of these people and to bring them some good memories.
- Nancy Combs
- Noelle Matthews
- Lauren Bowling
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