November 11th, 2010
From Leila Mueller, Humanitarian Assistance and Product Giving Specialist, Johnson & Johnson
I traveled to Peru this past August, where record low temperatures took the lives of hundreds of children in the country. The disaster forced the government to declare a state of emergency as citizens living in poor and isolated communities nestled among the Andes Mountains struggled to cope with the freezing temperatures.
In response to the escalating disaster, employees at Johnson & Johnson Peru worked together through their One Child, One Blanket program to provide warmth and comfort by donating 500 blankets to children affected by the state of emergency. One Child, One Blanket, as its name indicates, provides blankets to children in disaster affected areas. Employees knit, sew or purchase blankets, which are distributed to children in need following a disaster. This program, with its personal connection between Johnson & Johnson employee volunteers and communities in need, serves as one component of Johnson & Johnson’s disaster relief efforts across the globe.
Johnson & Johnson USA employees matched the donation, bringing the total to 1,000 blankets. With the help of our in-country U.S. partner organization Americares, Volunteers for Inter-American Development Assistance (VIDA), employees distributed blankets to children and families to help battle the drastic cold.