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And now….Toynami!! (A Wave of Toys)

We are calling our project to send toys to displaced children in northern Japan, Toynami, meaning a wave of toys.

Esprit Travel is taking on the project of collecting SMALL toys and sending them to Morioka for direct distribution to the children.   We encourage you to involve your children or grandchildren in the project, when applicable.

Guidelines for Sending Packages

We ask that your gifts fit into one of the following categories:

Toddler – Age 3 and under (gender neutral)
Girl – Age 2-6
Boy – Age 2-6
Girl – Age 7-11
Boy – Age 7-11
Girl – Age 12-15
Boy – Age 12-15
If you plan to give more than one package, please distribute them over several age/gender ranges.

* Please limit total cost of your package to between $10 and $15 USD, to insure consistency. Remember, children will be excited to receive a gift from abroad.
* Try to avoid Japanese-culture related items such as fans or ninja paraphernalia (so if feels more like a present from abroad.)
* Please place toys in a gift bag that is both cheerful and easily opened for airport customs inspection. Some bags are available with bows that tie, for instance. Please do not wrap with tape.
* Clearly label the bag with age and gender as outlined above.  We encourage including a personal note in simple English to the child.  If hand written, be sure to print in block letters (no cursive).
* Do NOT include cosmetics, food or candy or dangerous items such as pocket knives.
* Please send new items only, nothing used.
* Please do not include money in your gift bag.

Examples of appropriate items would be:  balls, small toys, small dolls, little girl purses, crayons, matchbox cars, picture books, fun stationary supplies, etc.

We ask that you send items directly to our Nevada office where we will combine them into boxes appropriate for shipping to the affected area:

Esprit Travel & Tours
9533 Rancho Palmas
Las Vegas NV 89117

We are hoping to have our first box of toys ready to ship by March 25th, and the next one shortly after.

Please remember your time in Japan as you think about what would be appropriate to send and the wrapping.

If you are inclined to contribute a small amount to help defray onward shipping costs and any "filler" gifts for missing ages that we may need to purchase, please send no more than $5 in cash. If you prefer to send a check in a larger amount for shipping please make it out to Esprit Travel and we will mark these funds for that intention. We will also be in touch with Sakurada-san as time passes to find out if there are other needs that we can help fill.

We hope that you will welcome this opportunity to make a small contribution to the recovery efforts of the people of Japan while making a big contribution to the life of one child.

Finally, I have received many requests for suggestions of places to make a more substantial donation to the greater relief effort. I now potentially have some new options which I will post