Ramp-Down Schedule

Last Day to Ship Socks and Letters: Monday, May 16

Our team at Socks for Japan has carefully monitored the situation in the disaster zone to anticipate need. It’s important to maintain a supply of socks and care letters for as long as people need them, but we don’t want an enormous surplus when we’re finished.

In our judgment, acute need for socks and letters will drop off dramatically as we enter Japan’s hot summer season in June. That’s when people will start wearing sandals without socks and, three months after the March 11 disaster, many survivors will have moved on to more permanent housing from temporary shelters. We’re already seeing such a migration in certain areas, with shelter populations cut by half or more.

Therefore, the last day to ship socks and letters to us is Monday, May 16.

Note that a ramp-down schedule doesn’t mean we’re done. On the contrary, we’re only halfway! Please continue supporting us as we get socks and letters to people who’ve lost everything, and need to know that all is not lost. Join our list.

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  1. Aaron
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    My sunday school children would like to donate and i only came to know about this programe like a couple of day only, can i still donate the socks and the well wish cards any time later tha 16 march?

    • Posted May 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for wanting to help. Yes, if you get your package on its way to us asap we’ll see that your socks and letters find their way to the right feet. Please understand our schedule, however, so we’re not surprised by a box of socks in July!

      • Debbe Watanabe
        Posted May 17, 2011 at 2:31 am | Permalink

        The Venice Youth Council of Los Angeles, CA, USA sent 8 boxes (890 pairs of socks) and wondered if you have received the boxes. We have additional socks to send but are unable to meet the May 16 deadline. We plan to package and send the additional boxes the week of May 23. I hope that you will be able to accept our boxes. I can email after May 21 to confirm the amount of boxes being shipped to you. This is a wonderful outreach from the US to Japan. We are all wishing the very best to the people in the stricken areas of Japan. I will announce to all our basketball teams of the results posted in your newsletter.

        • Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:37 am | Permalink

          Thank you, Debbe! We’ll take the socks shipped after our deadline, and get a note to you soon confirming receipt of the others you sent.

  2. Jade
    Posted May 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    We are in Rhode Island and have done a fundraiser at our office. We will be shipping socks either today or Monday. Not sure how long it will take to get there but I pray that they will get there in time.

  3. Margaret Rock
    Posted May 14, 2011 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    My fifth gradershere in Rhode Island have been collecting socks school-wide for a few weeks. We are readying our shipment today. They are very happy to be helping out.

  4. Angela
    Posted May 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    We are currently collecting socks and letters at my son’s school in Sydney, Australia and have just seen the deadline of 16 May. We will do our best to ship them as soon as we can but may be a few days late. We hope you will still be able to accept and distribute our donation when it reaches you.

  5. preman komala devi
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    we are teaching children in our day care about service to mankind in realtion to whats happening in the world today. Our drive event will start on from 1st week of June. Can we start collecting socks than and post it to your center by mid June. Pls allow our children this opportunity to help others and know what helping means .

    Awaiting your reply

  6. dawn
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Hey there!

    I’m a Sunday School teacher in Missouri. My kids are still really into sending items to help out. What can we be doing? They are enthused about the direct action aspects of this.



  7. Maureen
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    The 4th grade students of St. Gabriel’s, Austin,Texas have socks and letters en route along with many prayers for those suffering.

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