Mother hugs daughter at Mickey Mouse eventThe Disney company has donated $250,000 to aid in ongoing recovery efforts for children and families in New York and New Jersey affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Focusing on helping kids deal in the aftermath of the storm that forced thousands from their homes, Save the Children immediately established Child Friendly Spaces at shelters across the region. These safe play areas allow children to socialize and begin to recover from the emotional distress caused by the storm.

After the waters receded, the organization distributed contributions of cribs, baby care supplies and hygiene kits. As of Nov 30, the group raised $2.42 million toward its post-Sandy relief efforts.

“With Disney’s contribution, we can help rebuild thousands of children’s lives affected by Sandy,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s CEO. “Children are naturally vulnerable, and the experiences they have had during Sandy will stay with them for a considerable time. Together we can provide the specialized support needed to cope and recover.”

Continuing the Healing in 2013

In the weeks and months ahead, Save the Children will be helping to restore access to local child care services or initiate temporary education programs in affected communities; working to implement its signature Journey of Hope programs, pioneered after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, to help children process and express the fears, emotions and stresses they experience during a disaster and build their own coping mechanisms; and assisting communities in emergency preparedness over the longer term so that those responsible for children are able to safeguard them when a disaster strikes.

To support Save the Children’s Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts, visit or text HURRICANE to 20222 to donate $10 from your mobile phone. When you receive a text message, reply YES.

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