【Rakuten Tasukeai Project(楽天たすけ愛)】
If my daughter can smile for 10 minutes, I want the children in the disaster areas to be able to smile for 20 minutes.
Hi, this is Sanae from Rakuten Tasukeai Project.
Today I would like to talk about Mr Tanaka, who runs a project that will hopefully bring lots of smiles to kindergarten children in Fukushima and Ishinomaki City, Miyagi prefecture.
Mr Tanaka helped us in the 30th and 35th Tasukeai Project, in which we donated felt toys and also took part in the 34th project where we gave out Santa Claus boots filled with candies to the children in the disaster areas. But in actuality, it was more like we were participants in projects that Mr. Tanaka planned rather than the other way around.
Mr Tanaka himself has children of his own and says, “If my daughter gets to laugh for 10min, I want the children in the disaster areas to be able to smile for 20min. That’s how I feel towards the volunteering work I do”.
He started this project on his own, just after the Great East Japan Earthquake, first collecting handmade toys from all over Japan and delivering them to the affected areas.
He also does safety tests to make sure there is no harm to the children, and he asks the people from the disaster areas to help with the wrapping of the gifts. I am always amazed by how much care he puts into those gifts.
One day, Mr. Tanaka told me the he had started a new project. The plan is to prepare the materials needed for making felt toys and ask the people in the disaster areas to build them. After they are made, we buy the toys back from them, and in the end we give them to the children as a present.
10 months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and unemployment is becoming a serious problem. Looking at the current situation, Mr. Tanaka immediately changed his methods of doing things. Mr Tanaka’ s flexibility and speed amazes me. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to meet with a person like Mr. Tanaka, and to have the privilege to introduce this project to other people as well.
However the project that I have introduced can not be done alone. He needs donations to prepare materials for this project.
You can support Mr Tanaka’s new project through a website called “Ready For?” The first project is donating 200 handmade toys to the children in Iwaki City which ends in 13 days. Although this new project is still in a test trial period, if this succeeds, we will be able to raise people’s awareness, so please take a look at the website.
I am out of breath from all this emotion!! I am also happy to announce that the 41st Rakuten Tasukeai Project has succeeded with your cooperation.
From Jan 18th (Wed) we are doing a project to donate bicycles, helmets, mouthwash and abacuses. We await your cooperation on this project as well.
But first pleaaaassse take a look at Mr Tanaka’s new project