Though my home (the House of Self Empowerment) is a DONATION DROP-OFF POINT for MANY charities - the main one I focus on is Gail Nystrom's Costa Rica HUMANITARIAN FOUNDATION (http://CRHF.org)
To me - Ms. Volunteer Costa Rica (because she works on helping people in many areas throughout CR) - Gail Nystrom with the CR HUMANITARIAN FOUNDATION (http://CRHF.org / 8-390-4192 / GNystrom@racsa.co.cr) is a GREAT person/group to donate your time/money to!!
Though the majority of the holiday parties are over for this year (she still has one on Dec. 29), there’s always need as throughout the year she gives gifts, food, clothes, shoes, school supplies, medicine++ to HUNDREDS of kids from some very poor families where this is often the only time of the year they receive a new toy!!
SUGGESTED GIFTS (this is a good tool for most groups/year-round):
Things like EDUCATIONAL TOYS, ART SUPPLIES, Soccer Balls (& soccer socks & soccer shoes [used as well]), Books in Spanish, Puzzles & things to help with logic & coordination, Lego's, little Cars, Games like Chess, Uno, Scrabble, Parcheesy, Checkers [NOT Chinese checkers], Colored Chalks, Number & Alphabet matching cards & games, puppets, frisbees, jump ropes, Jacks, hair barretts/rubber bands/head bands+, Stuffed Animals, fantasy jewelry, dolls.
Please, NOTHING with batteries & give gifts UNwrapped.
One non-Christmas item that is MEGA needed by MOST kids are SOCKS (even used ones) as MANY of these kids don't even have socks & it can get pretty chilly this time of year. Clothes are always needed as well & in January - OFFICIAL UNIFORMS are REALLY REALLY NEEDED!!!)
All money donations can be deposited with ease by going to any branch of Scotia Bank into their “Fundacion de Humanitaria charity account (yes - it's just 4 numbers):
DOLLAR DONATIONS: 1297
COLON DONATIONS: 1298
After you’ve made a donation, PLEASE email her to let her know - GNystrom@racsa.co.cr (for her records).
Unfortunately at this time she is not set up to receive international donations but it’s in the works.
NEW FOOD BANK CREATED!!
Gail has now created a WONDERFUL FOOD BANK twice a month feeding 100+ families of some of the poorest of the poor people in La Carpio.
This is an especially WONDERFUL PROGRAM because it’s NOT a hand-out. Each family pays just 5,000-c for a bag of the basic staples (the value of the bag is about 13,000-c), PLUS the whole family gets a FREE Hot Meal & they have a BUNCH of clothes/shoes people can buy for DIRT CHEAP (like 500-2,000-colones)!!!
The next few months is basically THE time of the year she needs the MOST HELP!!!
WHAT CAN I DO?
Either donate ANY of the following items &/or donate 13,000-colones per bag (or ANYTHING). She can use any clothing & shoe donations as well!!
The items are brand specific for consistency:
- 100 und. Aceite Clover litro
- 100 und. Arroz Tio Pelon azul
- 100 und. Atun pescador con vegetales grande
- 50 und. Bebida royal melocoton
- 50 und. Bebida Royal Ponche de Frutas
- 50 und. Cereal K.Corn Flakes
- 50 und. Cereal K. Zucaritas
- 100 und. Spaguetti Roma
- 100 und. Frijol Tio Pelon
- 100 und. Leche Pinito 400 gr
- 100 und. Sal solar
- 200 und. Salsa Naturas c/carne 106gr
- 100 und. Sopa Maggi casera pollo
WHEN’S THE NEXT FOOD BANK?
Due to financial challenges, she's not able to do any more Food Banks for this year (UNLESS someone's willing to donate $1,000 for that to happen) so the NEXT ONE will be Sunday January 10
DROP OFF LOCATIONS:
PIEDADES - Unity Costa Rica or Gail's house.
ESCAZU - House of Self Empowerment - http://HouseOfSelfEmpowerment.com / 8-378-6679 - ON Calle Vieja - near Calle Country Club (email or call for directions)
Gail Nystrom - GNystrom@racsa.co.cr (the BEST way) / 8-390-4192