The Santa Soul Train is a community festival in Minami Sanriku, Tohoku on Dec.17th, 2017 that will bring over 500 survivors and 50 volunteers together - from Tokyo, Sendai, Nagoya, Yamagata, Aomori, the USA, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Italy and more - to celebrate what it means to be EMPOWERED.
1. Remind 1,000 survivors of 3.11 that they are not alone
2. Host 2 inspiring holiday themed community festivals in Tohoku: Miyagi + Fukushima
3. Connect 1,000 international school students to 1,500 survivor children across Japan
4. Create 100 inspired volunteers
5. Facilitate 6 Cycling Santas to hand deliver 1,000 stockings to survivor children
6. Raise ¥3,000,000
If you’ve worked in the world of supporting recovery, you know the age old challenges that comes with dependency: depression and victimization. The long term emotional impacts, suicide, and broken communities are the real long-term tragedy. What survivors face today, now, in Tohoku, is a never-ending rebuilding process in small rural villages. And this is what makes events like this year’s Santa Soul Train so important.
To pull this off, we need help doing everything from entertaining to prep and organization, cooking and project management, and for those that can not join us, Please donate and sponsor stockings for children up and down the coast of Tohoku.
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 at Christmas we bring these stockings to post-disaster neighborhoods, and help host an international festival.
This year the children of MinamiSanriku will become Inspired Volunteers by giving back. Card-making workshops and stocking stuffing activities are organized by Place To Grow volunteers.
Sponsor a stocking today!
Support a child in post-disaster communities.
1 x STOCKING = ¥3,000
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
1000+ 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
400+ Cards Shared to Other Disaster Locations Like Kumamoto and Nepal
Many More Cards and Gifts delivered to 10 locations up and down the Tohoku Coast.
+ Awareness for Monthly Place to Grow Workshops
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.
American School in Japan
Ohana International School
Nagoya International School
Nishimachi International School
K International School
Fukuoka International School
New In-Kind Sponsor!
We are excited to welcome Tsuruha Drug on board with an in-kind donation of 500 chocolates and foodstuffs.
We are excited to announce the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has joined us as a Silver Sponsor this year's Santa Soul Train!
New Stocking Sponsor Team
A big thanks to Tokyo Wombats Cricket Club members for sponsoring 15 children's stockings!
Stocking Sponsor Team
A big thanks to Ayako Kobayashi and the Johnson & Johnson executive and staff for coordinating and sponsoring more than 40 children's stockings!
We've raised nearly 80% of our fundraising goal of ¥3,000,000, and nearly half has been from individual donorations of ¥3,000 - ¥30,000. Thank you for all your hard work in spreading the word. We are almost there!