2013 Points of Light “Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence” for Community Footprints

The Ritz-Carlton (Tokyo)


The non-profit organization Living Dreams helps to enrich and empower underprivileged children living in orphanages in Japan with the objective to help prepare them for becoming young adults and leaving the children’s home. The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, through Community Footprints supports the children in many ways, including arranging cultural experiences at the hotel, which are designed to educate and inspire them to succeed in school and life.


General School Supplies:

Educational Games/Toys:
Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys and Toy Blocks

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Baseball Gloves (Right-Handed and Left-Handed), and Soccer Balls

Art Supplies:
Acrylic Paints and Brushes

T-Shirts (ages 8 through 18)

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 24, 2016

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.