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Place to Grow activities are divided into categories, including on-the-ground, volunteer support, development, workshops, research and more.  Activities are designed to allow Volunteers from all walks of life to join us. Activities require 2-3 hours per month to successfully achieve. 

Place to Grow is excited to be announcing our Xmas in Tohoku event for 2019.
Help us make Santa Soul Train a reality in 2019!

Video thanks to Risa Masayama and Peter Lin.

Previous Santa Soul Train

Last year we delivered 1,200 stockings to 13 locations in 5 cities.

This year we’re asking for 1,500 stockings and cards for community events in both Fukushima and Miyagi.

The Santa Soul Train holiday reunion is one in a series of community workshops and events held by Place To Grow for children and families recovering from earthquakes and disasters. Every year during the holiday season we bring this message of hope, fun and friendship to post-disaster neighborhoods, and participate in an international festival. The community members both young and old of MinamiSanriku have become Inspired Volunteers  themselves. From 2018 they are taking the lead to keep this festival alive and develop it further into their community fabric and as a source of inspiration to the neighboring towns.

Sponsor a stocking today!

Support a child in post-disaster communities.
1 x STOCKING = ¥3,000

SPONSOR A STOCKING

2017 Video

2016 Video

2015 Video

Community

Join us to spend the holiday working hand-in-hand with local volunteers to bring their community together.  

This is how we break the cycle of depression and loneliness that too often takes hold after major disasters.  We continue to be that “someone in your corner” that reminds you not to give up – the cheerleaders that say “we are rooting for you!” We have been, and intend to continue to be there for the survivors.  

Last years Santa Soul Train event brought:

500+ Local Community Survivors

50+ Outside Volunteers

50+ Local Volunteers

1,500+ Children Receiving a Card and a Gift

3,000,000+ Yen Raised in Funding and Equivalent Donations

300+ Hours of Volunteer Time

100+ Hours Working Alongside Survivors

Many More Cards and Gifts delivered to 8 locations up and down the Tohoku Coast.

+ Awareness for Monthly Place to Grow Workshops

The People

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TV Celebrity Stuart-O will bring his dynamite energy-dance act, and have the children, the parents, and the entire room up and dancing in his trademark Soul Train collaborative performance.

TV celebrity Hayami Yu is donating her time to MC the event and also to perform on stage.

Singer Charlie Okamura brings his charm and brilliant presence to life on stage to delight with a variety of traditional songs.

Team Misawa from the US Navy/Air Force base is sending troops to volunteer, create cards, and send cookies and goodie bags made by the children and mothers of their community.

For 7 years, our dear partners at the international schools have made it real.

American School in Japan

Ohana International School  

Nagoya International School

Nishimachi International School

K International School

Fukuoka International School

Thank you to our past Partners:

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Reaction

Yosuke Watanabe, a father of two and local businessman says:
“When volunteers are here, we feel the energy to carry on.”


Yukari Hatakeyama mother of 2, and grandmother of 3, also resident of Minamisanrikucho said:
“We don’t need you to make our homes or rebuild our cities.  But we don’t want to feel forgotten.  Just stand by our sides.”


SPONSOR CHILDREN’S STOCKINGS

Corporate / School

SPONSOR EVENT

Silver Sponsor – ¥100,000
Gold Sponsor – ¥200,000
Platinum Sponsor – ¥500,000

BE A CORPORATE SPONSOR

Individual

SPONSOR STOCKINGS

Secret Santa – ¥3,000
Ambassador – ¥30,000
 

BE AN INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR

Give children in Tohoku a big smile for Christmas this year.

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