They days following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami were filled with media coverage of the disaster, which was impossible for these three children to miss. When Zoe, Elodie and Freddie realized that many children in Japan had lost their homes, families, clothes, toys, they wanted to do something about it. So they went to their rooms and came down with a bag full of clothes and asked their mom if they could send it to Japan.
“Sure”, she said, then proudly uploaded this photo to her facebook wall, as any proud parent would do. Little did they know the energy that would soon circulate around this photo. Soon, many people were asking if they could send clothes to include with their donation. The kids thought that was just great, and they asked their Sifus at the United Martial Arts Center in Danvers if they could put out a collection box at the school, which they agreed to readily. Also, their local Eastern Bank branch agreed to put a collection box in their foyer. These boxes filled fast! It was apparent it was going to be a large and expensive shipment! They needed a plan.
“Let’s sell shirts and bracelets!”
Good idea! So they set out to design a shirt for their cause and they found a localbusiness, Magnum Embroidery, who helped them make their shirts a reality and donated the screen costs.
Soon K4J was featured on the front page of the Salem Evening News, NECN, Patch.com and was asked to participate in many fundraising events for Japan.
They have literally collected a container FULL of clothes (which has driven the cost of shipping up significantlt!)
Months later, clothes are STILL needed for the Tohoku region of Japan and we are still raising money for more shipments! BUY A SHIRT TODAY and support the cause!!