Thank you for your continued support and generous donations for our ongoing Projects interacting with children in Tokyo who cannot live with their parents.
As a direct result of your support, our registered volunteers were able to participate in a number of Programs supporting these Projects over the past three months. I would like to highlight two very memorable programs we held in December and in March: Cookie Decoration” and “HINAMATSURI (girls’ day).
At the “Cookie Decoration” Program we organized a special Christmas event for children living in Wakabaryo (a children’s home). Volunteers brought hand-baked cookies and the young residents got to decorate them with colored icing and toppings. Please see the pictures of the artistic cookies and the serious concentration of the participants! We had so much fun, and the residents were so excited to decorate the cookies that time flew by so we did not have enough time to gift wrap the cookies as Christmas presents. We were informed that after the Program, with the guidance of Wakabaryo staff, they wrapped the decorated cookies beautifully as gifts. And we were also informed that some of the older children (teens) who could not join the Program were delighted to receive a lot of yummy cookies as presents from little boys and girls.
HINAMATSURI (Girls' Day) is a special day in Japan celebrated each year on March 3. We organized a special “HINAMATSURI” Program on March 1 at Saiseikai Infant’s Home. Toddlers are brought to the Facility immediately from birth and when they become three years old, they are sent to children’s homes or other facilities depending upon a number of factors, including the child’s family situation. The request from the Facility was for the toddlers to have a fun experience with outside people so they can have fond memories before they leave for other homes. Two days before the event, 6 volunteers made a number of balloon art creations related to HINAMATSURI. On the day of the event, 13 volunteers worked together with Saiseikai staff to decorate the room with the balloon creations madeby HOT volunteers and then interacted with over thirty toddlers during the event. The volunteers also helped clearthe decorations and clean up at the conclusion of the event. We all had a really enjoyable great day. Unfortunately, due to privacy regulations at the Home to protect the residents, we are not allowed to take photos of the residents, but you can see the really great decorations that our volunteers worked to create.
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