Wednesday, November 2, 2011

We delivered Häagen-Dazs ice cream!

We delivered Häagen-Dazs ice cream 

From September 29 to October 2, we delivered Haagen-Dazs ice cream to people who had been relocated to temporary housing and those still staying in their collapsed dwellings. These people depend almost entirely on donations and aid-assistance.

Haijima, the 2HJ staff member currently stationed in Sendai City, worked with a local organization to best decide the areas where we were to distribute the ice cream. In Sendai, staff members from Personal Support Center patrolling around the temporary housing development helped us with our ice cream distribution.

One member said “Even people who usually stay at their homes during distributions came out for the ice cream, which gave us good opportunities to talk to them.” When we asked those who had received ice cream how many residents other houses had, they tried to remember by saying, “How many people are at Mr. so-and-so's place?” A junior high-school student who helped with the distribution said, “It was fun because I got to talk to the other people in our neighborhood!” I could see the circle of local community grow a little bigger thanks to our ice cream distribution. 

We also distributed in the areas where people were still living in their collapsed houses. Even though these people’s houses have been recognized by the authority as "completely collapsed," they cannot be relocated to temporary housing as their house still remains. Many of these people rarely receive aid deliveries.

Everyone there looked forward to the ice cream distribution. One family came with all their family members to the community center where we distributed the ice cream. One child, surprised, with his eyes wide open said, “I never had ice cream as aid distribution before!” That made me smile!

Häagen-Dazs Japan, thank you very much for your donation!

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