This seems like a fantastic way to send a little love to the people of Japan.
"Omocha Express is a public charity organized to raise funds to provide recreational items (such as toys, books, and art supplies) to children in Japan who have lost their homes and belongings in the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. It is a partnership between the Japan Rail Modelers of Washington, DC (JRM), Iwate Rail Modelers' Circle (IRC), and the Sanriku Railway Company (Santetsu).
We hope the simple act of giving these items to children hit hard by the disaster will help give them hope for the future and show them that people around the world care. The toys will be purchased in Japan to ensure that they fit easily into these children's lives and to reduce shipping expenses.
On March 11, 2011, hundreds of thousands of people in northern Japan survived the disasters but found their homes and belongings washed away. With nothing left, families must find ways to start over. Of course, the highest priority is on basic survival - food, shelter, clothing, fuel. It's hard to put a priority on providing playthings for children when all a family's resources are needed just to get by."
DONATIONS - http://www.omochaexpress.org/donatenow.html
They will use raised funds to:
- Buy toys and other recreational items for distribution in the effected areas of Japan
- Pay operating fees required by federal, state, and local laws
- Pay bank fees, such as transaction fees from PayPal or international wire fees for sending money to Japan