Jump to content

Buenos Vecinos de Boquete

Members
  • Content Count

    134
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    1

Buenos Vecinos de Boquete last won the day on April 15

Buenos Vecinos de Boquete had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

7 Neutral

About Buenos Vecinos de Boquete

  • Rank
    Advanced Member

Personal Information

  • Full Real Name:
    Trish Christofferson
  • Reason for registering:
    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
  • Location of primary residence:
    In Chiriqui
  • Birth (home) country:
    USA

Recent Profile Visitors

1,377 profile views
  1. Stop by Romero in Boquete between 9 AM and 5 PM on Saturday, September 14, to support Buenos Vecinos de Boquete during our upcoming Food Drive. Our locally-based effort assists needy community families with monthly, non-perishable food supplies. We will have samples of what you can buy at Romero to aid our work, and of course, financial assistance is always appreciated. Shop for food that you (and we) need, and meet members of our team! See below a photo of the food our clients receive each month:
  2. until
    Stop by Romero in Boquete between 9 AM and 5 PM on Saturday, September 14, to support Buenos Vecinos de Boquete during our upcoming Food Drive. Our locally-based effort assists needy community families with monthly, non-perishable food supplies. We will have samples of what you can buy at Romero to aid our work, and of course, financial assistance is always appreciated. Shop for food that you (and we) need, and meet members of our team!
  3. Family of the Month Update Diana’s Family It’s gratifying to revisit our clients and to see their progress over the years. Many have either moved up to become financially self-sufficient or have simply moved out of the Buenos Vecinos service area. Diana is an example of someone who did both. She recently reached out to BVB to tell us how life has changed for her and her sons, six year-old Angel and eight year-old Bryan. When they first became Buenos Vecinos recipients in 2015 they were renting a 10 x 12 room from a family who paid her $10 a day to clean their house. Even with a meager monthly contribution from the boys’ father, she was barely able to pay the modest rent and other monthly living expenses. As sometimes happens, concerned neighbors referred her to BVB volunteers who vet our prospective clients, and she was quickly accepted. However, Diana’s greatest challenge was Angel’s medical condition and accompanying expenses. Born with a severe cleft palate and lip, he had feeding and sleeping problems, frequent ear infections and asthma. He wore a small green palate protection device at home or, when away from home, a tape over his lip to hide the defect from curious stares. At that time, as seen in the photo on the left, four year-old Bryan was learning how to make funny faces and two year-old Angel was already becoming self-conscious around cameras. In 2016 a doctor at the local medical clinic helped Diana contact Operation Smile, an international medical charity based in Virginia. They provide free surgeries in developing countries for young adults and children requiring maxillofacial reconstruction. After a series of three incremental surgeries and a year and a half of speech therapy, Angel is on his way to a complete recovery. His appearance and health have dramatically improved as you can see in the photo on the right. Diana and the boys now live in a house that she shares with another single mom. She has a full-time housekeeping job in a nearby hotel. Both boys are doing well in school, although Bryan has needed some help learning to read. Diana is proud that she can now support her family and looks forward to a better future for them all. She has never forgotten how BVB helped her family eat during a difficult time in their lives. She wants our donors to know how grateful she has been for their help. How to Help If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It’s important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase of food for out clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $400 a year or a little more than $33 a month, you become a Coconut Foundation Member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you!
  4. Family of the Month- April 2019 Meet Mariano's Family Mariano lives with his mother Iris and four siblings in a two room house provided by the government. It has no indoor bath room, no indoor water and no electricity. Iris struggles to feed and clothe her children, ages one to seventeen but she knows that education is important for all of them. Eleven year old Elizabet and five year old Eric have just begun their school year. However, Mariano’s older brother, Rogelio, was not able to afford school clothes and materials last semester or for this semester. He is endeavoring to find a way to return this year by finding nearby work, but has not yet been successful. Mariano, seen here on the left, is a typical sixteen year-old boy. He loves to hang out with his friends, to play jokes on his siblings, and to “fit in” with the people around him. He is a bright, attentive, and happy young man, but he lives with a disability that affects him every day. When he was three weeks old he suffered an ear infection and high fever that went undiagnosed for two months, leaving him almost completely deaf; now he can communicate only with sign language and gestures. Until recently he depended on the Handicap Center (FPI) for transportation expenses to the public school a few days each week where he participated in special education classes for the hearing impaired. This year is beginning well for Mariano; he is now starting to take a welding course at the Obispado in David. Currently FPI is supporting him, but ideally some person or organization will step forward to take over this modest financial commitment to Mariano’s future and to also provide him some attention and the encouragement that he needs to follow this important path. Iris believes that despite his disability, this training could prepare him to live a full, happy and productive life. Iris says that she is grateful to FPI for all the things they do for Mariano and to Buenos Vecinos for providing her family non-perishable food. This BVB donation to their pantry is one they can depend on every month, she said with a smile. How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month, you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you!
  5. View this email in your browser Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Newsletter April 2019 International Coffee Farms Corporations Joins Buenos Vecinos Food Delivery Representatives of International Coffee Farms Corporation Luz and Sawang joined Buenos Vecinos members on a food delivery in March. We are grateful to have ICFC as our corporate sponsors. It was a pleasure to have Luz and Sawang meet our clients and help with the delivery. All of the clients we delivered to on this trip are elderly and do not have a financial safety net. The majority of them are bachelors without any close family members to live with and care for them. The rest are elderly women whose families are struggling to provide for them. They all welcome the food support they receive from Buenos Vecinos every month. One of our stops was at Chichi’s. He lives alone in a tin house, suffers from diabetes and is unable to work. There is a government program in the area to build small cinder block houses for qualifying residents who are living on a poverty level. Chichi tells us that he is going to be living in one of those houses soon. Luz is pictured in the photos and Sawang was the photographer. We delivered food to Octavio’s niece Mariela. Octavio is in his 80s and lives in a one room house provided by government next door to Mariela. Mariela cooks the food that we deliver for Octavio. A resident of Potrerillos, Nino Espinosa, has been helping with our food deliveries for eleven years. We appreciate his involvement and help with our program. Aida has been one of our clients for nine years. Over the years she has been the caregiver for numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Now Aida is starting to lose her mobility and her grandchildren need to help take care of her. Rosa is a breast cancer survivor. Her caregiver is her daughter who has a disabled child. Rosa is always happy to see us. Boquete Has Heart Sponsors Another Successful Fund-Raiser Last month’s Casino Night was not only an evening of wonderful food and fun, it also provided two local charities, Amigos de Animales de Boquete and Buenos Vecinos de Boquete some much-appreciated funding for their programs. The proceeds from the event admissions and, most especially from the silent action, will purchase the non-perishable food BVB provides on a monthly basis for eight families for an entire year. This is a tremendous boost and we want to thank not only those who attended and bid on the silent auction items, but also all the volunteers who spent months planning and then executing this event. And at the top of the list, a heart-felt thank you goes out to each of our generous donors who have shown us how much they care about our programs and our community. Bamboo Spa Look Good Panama Beth Abrahams Lori Cloutier Niscoromni Big Daddy's Janie Pageau Bocas Del Mar Hotel and Resort John and Liz Wiseman Boulder 54 Maria Bonita Taqueria Boquete Outdoor Adventure Morton's Bakehouse Byron and Dede Basden N&N Catering Cafe Central at Hotel Central Boquete Perfect Pair Casa Viejo Season's Restaurant /Lucero Golf Club Chop Sticks Restaurant Sharon Ball Dra. Vanessa Lambiz Show Pony Resort Fabric Art by Sylvette Day Sugar amd Spice Felipe Motta Terrace Bistro in Volcan George's Fireside Grill The Boquete Sandwich Shop Gijs and Hanny Hoogerkamp The Tree House at Rio Encantado Gluten Free Gold Bakery and Restaurant Las Olas Resort The Garden Restaurant and Country Yolanda Vega Store Family of the Month- April 2019 Meet Mariano's Family Mariano lives with his mother Iris and four siblings in a two room house provided by the government. It has no indoor bath room, no indoor water and no electricity. Iris struggles to feed and clothe her children, ages one to seventeen but she knows that education is important for all of them. Eleven year old Elizabet and five year old Eric have just begun their school year. However, Mariano’s older brother, Rogelio, was not able to afford school clothes and materials last semester or for this semester. He is endeavoring to find a way to return this year by finding nearby work, but has not yet been successful. Mariano, seen here on the left, is a typical sixteen year-old boy. He loves to hang out with his friends, to play jokes on his siblings, and to “fit in” with the people around him. He is a bright, attentive, and happy young man, but he lives with a disability that affects him every day. When he was three weeks old he suffered an ear infection and high fever that went undiagnosed for two months, leaving him almost completely deaf; now he can communicate only with sign language and gestures. Until recently he depended on the Handicap Center (FPI) for transportation expenses to the public school a few days each week where he participated in special education classes for the hearing impaired. This year is beginning well for Mariano; he is now starting to take a welding course at the Obispado in David. Currently FPI is supporting him, but ideally some person or organization will step forward to take over this modest financial commitment to Mariano’s future and to also provide him some attention and the encouragement that he needs to follow this important path. Iris believes that despite his disability, this training could prepare him to live a full, happy and productive life. Iris says that she is grateful to FPI for all the things they do for Mariano and to Buenos Vecinos for providing her family non-perishable food. This BVB donation to their pantry is one they can depend on every month, she said with a smile. How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month, you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you! This email was sent to trishchristofferson@gmail.com why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences Buenos Vecinos de Boquete · Boquete, Chiriqui · Panama City · Panama
  6. March 2019 Family of the Month Amado's Family Last November the BVB Newsletter reported that Amado was suffering from a serious stomach disorder that kept him bedridden and unable to work for many weeks. The whole family suffered, and when neighbors alerted us to the situation, Buenos Vecinos stepped in and began to deliver non-perishable food to their door on an emergency basis. Within the last three and a half months, Amado has made a complete recovery. He was able to go back to work in the cane fields because he is once again healthy and strong. His wife, Catalina and his four children, Jovany 14, Jonny 11, Diana 9 and Janeth 5 have also regained their smiles. Amado and Catalina no longer need the food assistance, but they say that they will always remember that Buenos Vecinos helped their family when they needed it most. How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month, you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you!
  7. Subscribe Past Issues RSS Translate View this email in your browser Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Newsletter March 2019 International Coffee Farms Corporation Generously Supports BVB Buenos Vecinos de Boquete is proud and grateful to announce the generous support of International Coffee Farms Corporation (ICFC), based here in Boquete. This innovative company has assumed the financial support of ten of our families for an entire year! ICFC owns and operates 11 specialty coffee estates and provides investment opportunities in the coffee industry. The pillar of this company is sustainability, not only environmental sustainability (with the use of modern farming practices and coffee processing), economic sustainability (with proven success by working smarter), but also social sustainability. Here the link with Buenos Vecinos becomes evident. ICFC utilizes 20% of their gross profit to provide improved housing for their indigenous workers and scholarship programs for the education of their children. This model of social responsibility is not only admirable, but a cornerstone of the company’s business. Buenos Vecinos, too, strives to assist our community, and with ICFC we have found a like-minded and most generous donor! Be sure to stop by The Perfect Pair in downtown Boquete, a sister company to ICFC, and taste their specialty coffee or try a delicious sample of chocolate from their cacao operations in Belize. A heartfelt Thank You! from all of us at BVB, and the families we serve, to International Coffee Farms Corporation. Be sure to check out their informative and lively website: internationalcoffeefarms.com Panama’s Top-Rated Hotel Becomes the Latest Casino Night Auction Item Boquete Has Heart, sponsor of the upcoming Casino Night at the Animales Event Center on March 16th is pleased to announce a remarkable donation from Bocas del Mar, a luxury boutique hotel in Boca Chica. They are providing two 2-night bed and breakfast packages for two at their delightful resort. Two lucky bidders will each enjoy a romantic getaway package to one of Panama’s finest venues Named #1 Hotel in Panama, and winner of the prestigious Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Award for 2019, Bocas Del Mar features modern stylish bungalows set in gardens with views of the bay at Boca Chica and islands of the Gulf of Chiriqui Marine National Park. With two infinity pools, an outdoor restaurant and bar, the hotel also offers personal services like massages, and excursions for snorkeling, whale-watching, in season, deep-sea fishing, and trips to unspoiled islands of tropical jungle and solitary beaches. Enjoy photos and additional information at www.bocasdelmar.com. Based upon availability April 25th – October 31st 2019. Excluding July 15th-Aug 25th, Saturday nights and all holidays. These packages include breakfast and are valued at $360 each. Both packages may not be purchased and used by the same couple. CASINO NIGHT So join us this Saturday 5-8 pm. For and evening of chance and fun.This fund-raising event on behalf of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete (BVB) and Amigos de Animales de Boquete will feature casino games, passed appetizers, a cash bar and a silent auction of valuable items like resort stays, restaurant and service vouchers, and other items and services. The $15 tickets available at the Boquete Tuesday Morning Market and Boquete Mailboxes Etc., or $20 at the door will also include $500 of free “funny money” to use for playing the games. Family of the Month Update March 2019 Amado’s Family Last November the BVB Newsletter reported that Amado was suffering from a serious stomach disorder that kept him bedridden and unable to work for many weeks. The whole family suffered, and when neighbors alerted us to the situation, Buenos Vecinos stepped in and began to deliver non-perishable food to their door on an emergency basis. Within the last three and a half months, Amado has made a complete recovery. He was able to go back to work in the cane fields because he is once again healthy and strong. His wife, Catalina and his four children, Jovany 14, Jonny 11, Diana 9 and Janeth 5 have also regained their smiles. Amado and Catalina no longer need the food assistance, but they say that they will always remember that Buenos Vecinos helped their family when they needed it most. How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month, you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you!
  8. Only one week left to buy a ticket to this great community event!
  9. Be sure to get your tickets for this awesome event at the BCP Market tomorrow or at Mail Boxes, Etc.
  10. Little Natalie who has just turned one year old delights the family with her happy nature and easy-going personality. Her mother Maritza, in her mid-twenties, is a single mom with no current income, but she does most of the cooking and laundry for her large extended family. Maritza lives with her mom and seven nieces and nephews whose ages range from six to thirteen. It’s a busy, bustling household and both living space and food are in short supply. All of them look forward to the Buenos Vecinos monthly visit that brings them not only nutritious food, but also some friendly encouragement from their familiar BVB volunteers. How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month (about the cost of a daily latte), you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you!
  11. You still have a chance to buy a ticket for Boquete Has Heart Casino Night! Tickets are available at the Tuesday Market and Mail Boxes Etc. Don't miss the second annual Amigos de Animales and Buenos Vecinos fun filled event and fundraiser. Check out the flyer for complete information.
  12. View this email in your browser Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Newsletter February 2019. Casino Night Features Exciting Auction Items On Saturday March 16th 5-8 pm in the Animales Event Center, Boquete Has Heart will once again present Casino Night. This fund-raising event on behalf of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete (BVB) and Amigos de Animales de Boquete will feature casino games, passed appetizers, a cash bar and a silent auction of valuable items like resort stays, restaurant and service vouchers, special event tickets and other items and services. The $15 tickets available at the Boquete Tuesday Morning Market and Boquete Mailboxes Etc., or $20 at the door will also include $500 of free“funny money”. One of the most exciting auction items being offered is a seven-night stay for four at Villa Morotin on the island of Bonaire valued at $1174. Located in the Kralendijk district of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean, this island paradise is well-known by diving and snorkeling enthusiasts throughout the world. Morotin is a well-appointed modern villa situated poolside with a shaded pool deck and is just a short walk to the white-sand beach, dive shops and restaurants. Based on availability; low season only (April 16th-December 18 2019). Includes ground transportation to and from the Bonaire airport. Valued at $1,174, tourist tax not included. Contact Gijs Hoogerkamp gijs@hoogerkamp.nl or 6826-8402 Visit the website at www.villamorotin.com Take a 3D-tour of the villa at: : https://my.matterport.com/models/AJyxz6Gx82g?section=media&mediasection=showcase (both floors have the same lay-out) Coconut Foundation Member Support Fuels the Buenos Vecinos Program At the heart of BVB is that loyal core of supporters, the Coconut Foundation, many of whom have contributed to the program from its inception in 2009. Providing a minimum of $360 per year or $30 a month, these generous folks from the local and international community are the lifeblood that keeps our program alive. On behalf of our clients, all the individuals and families that we serve, we would like to acknowledge the following Coconut Members who supported Buenos Vecinos last year. Olga Alexander Tamara Balkenhol Penny Barrett Paquita Bath Boquete Bridge Club Luis and Carmen Botero Robert Brauns Alison and Bill Brundage George and Vickie Castillo Brian and Trish Christofferson Laurie and Kelly Collier Denis and Muriel Couroux Anne and Joe Costanza Megan Dameron Laura and Lamar Daniel Ed and Sue Davis Sylvette Day Dennis DeCorte Mary Dreblow Bruce and Patrice Ebel John and Judy Ginnity Harry and Nancy Halbert Karen Hill Julie Hilliard Brandy Gregory Lindsay and Mary Hunter Lynne Johnson Jim Kavney Kathy Mckay Ben Langton Stephen Kingshott Tina LaPorte Bill and Linda Lane Donald Lash in Memory of Denis Cody Hans Lebuser and Barbara Lapid Jere McCormick N & N Catering Patricia O’Connell Susan Peterson Richard and Leah Polack Consuela Reeder Cliff and Alicia Silverstein Tom and Beverly Stearns Germaine and Richard Sturtz Robert and Dale Sylva Sheila Tatum Mike and Molly Traynor Mary Ellen Watts DeDe and Larry Widekind Bonnie Williams In Memory of Stephen Plowden-Wardlaw In Memory of Vanetta Worthington Mariah Winds Specialty Cleaning Services Sally Zigmond and Peter Sterling Panama Relocation Tours Anne Harper Doug and Bev Tyler Katherine Gross Rusty Castillo Stephanie Riley Dottie Thompson International Coffee Farms We extend an invitation to our Coconut Foundation members to join us at any of our food packing sessions and meetings. With prior notice, we can arrange a limited number of opportunities for these members to join one of our volunteers on a family food delivery. If interested, please contact Trish Christofferson at trishchristofferson@gmail.com Family of the Month February 2019 Little Natalie who has just turned one year old delights the family with her happy nature and easy-going personality. Her mother Maritza, in her mid-twenties, is a single mom with no current income, but she does most of the cooking and laundry for her large extended family. Maritza lives with her mom and seven nieces and nephews whose ages range from six to thirteen. It’s a busy, bustling household and both living space and food are in short supply. All of them look forward to the Buenos Vecinos monthly visit that brings them not only nutritious food, but also some friendly encouragement from their familiar BVB volunteers. How to help? If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month (about the cost of a daily latte), you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page: Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/BuenosVecinosDeBoquete/ Website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/ Thank you! This email was sent to trishchristofferson@gmail.com why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences Buenos Vecinos de Boquete · Boquete, Chiriqui · Panama City · Panama
  13. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete at year’s end is pleased to report that we continue our efforts to feed the needy in our community, and we could not have done that without your amazing generosity! On average, we are providing nonperishable food to 95 families a month, with a monthly expense of over $3,420 for those food items. Food is our only expense; we have no administrative costs. We are a very small team of nineteen volunteers, making a big impact on the lives of the families we serve. Most of our families are indigenous, elderly, single moms, handicapped, or those struggling to support a handicapped family member. Ro-Her in Boquete is our food supplier. The company delivers the food to the Fundacion Pro Integracion building (across from Chop Sticks restaurant) where we gather every month for a lively morning of sorting and packing. Some of our families (those who receive the services of FPI) retrieve their packages right there, while other food packs are delivered to the homes of our clients by our volunteers. How does Buenos Vecinos meet our monthly expenses? We organize Food Drives, venta de patios, and fundraising events, but most importantly, we depend on financial donations. Our group of 62 Coconut Foundation members are the superstars! These generous people commit to an annual minimum donation of $360 which covers the cost of one family for a year. Of course, there are many more modest donations, all of which add-up, and are most welcome! As we start the New Year, we want to involve our donors more closely with our activities, and plan to introduce a program where those interested can ride along for a food delivery and meet the families. If you would like to participate, please contact me. As we end the year, we send our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported us in our work to feed the most needy of our community’s neighbors. Truly, that is a holiday blessing! Louise Orr, Chairwoman, Buenos Vecinos de Boquete panamaleo@gmail.com In the photos attached you will see from top to bottom : One of our food drives which is an important fundraising source for us, our monthly packing at Fundacion Pro-Integracion and the homes of one of our clients.
×
×
  • Create New...