To encourage children in the disaster area, Iwate railfans visited Kamaishi Kindergarten in Kamaishi City and gave toy trains and art supplies to the children on February 21.
American Matthew Davis (40), who lived in Iwate until 2009 and participated in the Iwate Rail Modelers' Circle, came to Japan and participated in the school visit with the club members. They delivered wooden toy trains, crayons, and drawing paper bought with money raised on the internet.
When the children saw the trains, they got very excited. They loudly shouted, "Arigatou!" ("Thank you!).
Mr. Davis told the children, "You have friends throughout the world."
Back row, left to right:
Atsushi Tomite, Sanriku Railway worker and IRC member
Stefanie Davis, wife of Matthew Davis
Matthew Davis, president of Omocha Express and JRM
Norishiro Sato, president of IRC
Naoto Kodama, executive officer of IRC
Children in the front row are holding (left to right)
gift tag in the form of a large railway ticket
bag of crayons, paper, books, and JR Freight's gifts
De veilingmeester is drs. F. Lintmeijer, wethouder Cultuur van de Gemeente Utrecht.
De opbrengst van de veiling komt ten goede aan Omocha-Express