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  1. View this email in your browser Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Newsletter September 2018. A Big Thank You to the Boquete Community! Our latest Buenos Vecinos Food Drive in front of Romero’s Food Market in Boquete August 18th was a great success, thanks to generous community and even tourists who stopped by to learn more about our food charity and to donate cash and selected non-perishable food items. By the end of the day, BVB had collected enough to support one of our needy families for more than a year. We appreciate your big hearts! We want to also thank those Coconut Foundation Members who recently renewed their annual pledges to support BVB for a minimum of $360 a year. And hats off to N & N Catering (Nairn Cutten and Nancy Halbert) who donate all of the profits from their catering jobs to Buenos Vecinos and two other deserving charities. Their substantial donation means that our clients like the Family of the Month featured below will continue to find BVB groceries at their door throughout the year. BVB could not exist without this kind of support. Thank you! There’s Still Time………. It’s not too late to buy your first raffle tickets, or even additional tickets, to win this beautiful 60” X 60” handmade Indonesian batik quilt or this decorator 21” X 25” brushed metal seashell mirror. Look for the Buenos Vecinos table at the Tuesday Morning Market. The winners will be announced on stage before the Tuesday Talk on September 25th and need not be present to win. Join Us at the Health Fair (and the BVB Bake Sale) Boquete Health and Hospice is sponsoring the Boquete Health Fair at the Feria across from the BCP on Sunday October 14th 1-4 pm. This important event will feature representatives from the health community, doctors, laboratories, pharmacies and other health supporters. Free blood pressure checks and glucose testing will also be available. Buenos Vecinos will be there selling delicious homemade baked goods. All proceeds from these sales support BVB’s monthly food distribution to some of the area’s neediest individuals and families Family of the Month - Meet Benilda´s Family A large tree hides this bamboo house from the road and the outside play area is worn down to the dirt by many feet. The family who lives here, Benilda and her eight children still miss the father who abandoned them more than a year ago. Benilda struggles to find work, but earns only $50 a month cleaning houses and ironing clothes; $32 of those dollars are already designated for monthly rent and water. Her oldest child, 18 year-old Alexander, is now in trade school learning how to be an electrician. He wants to help his family, and he is optimistic that he’ll be successful. His sixteen year-old sister, Yamileth, will finish high school next year. She wants to learn accounting so that she can help support the family, as well. Her fourteen year-old sister, Yaneth, has confessed with a smile, her own vision of someday owning a beautiful dress. The other children, Reinaldo, 12, Juan, 10, Jeronimo, 9 and Maria, 7, also attend school. Six year-old Jhahicha is very excited to start school next year when she will proudly wear a uniform like her brothers and sisters. Until then she spends her days at home with her mother. When Mom works, a sibling stays home with Jhahicha. The family rushed inside the house to find their best clothes before we took the accompanying photo. Benilda said that the food Buenos Vecinos donates to their family “is a great blessing and she is very grateful.” 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
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    Don't Miss Our Food Drive!!!

    Stop by Romero in Boquete between 9 AM and 1:30 PM on Saturday, August 18, 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:
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    Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Food Drive

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    Stop by Romero in Boquete between 9 AM and 1:30 PM on Saturday, August 18, 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:
  4. Family of the Month- August 2018 Meet Osiris and Noel Families care for one another and, in this case, a strong woman has stepped forward to care for two generations of family members. Elidia takes care of her daughter and her two grandchildren, Osiris, a 13 year-old girl, and Noel, an 8 year-old boy. All three suffer from developmental delays. Elidia also raised her husband’s youngest children from his previous marriage after his wife passed away, and now Elidia helps care for two of their children. Elidia’s husband is a trusted worker on the finca where the owner provides this family of nine a two room house with running water. The finca is an ideal setting for these four youngsters to explore and to play together. Osriris and Noel receive their formal education with the assistance of a teacher for the handicapped but, because their developmental delays are so severe, there is little advancement. Elidia also makes sure they have social activities and educational stimulation every Saturday at Fundacion Pro Integracion (FPI) also known as the Handicap Center. Buenos Vecinos works closely with FPI to make sure Elidia and her family get their monthly allotment of non-perishable food, and she expresses her gratitude for the help BVB provides. If you would like to help families like this and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, your financial support would be most appreciated. DONATE ONLINE: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/how-you-can-help We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. IF YOU PREFER TO DONATE BY CASH, Please contact Louise Orr (panamaleo@gmail.com) for arrangements. 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), your name will be added to our “Coconut Foundation” as an acknowledgement of your concern and generosity. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete’s wholesale purchase power enables us to furnish our clients more food than they could purchase on their own in the store with the same amount of money. Thank you!
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    Buenos Vecinos de Boquete August Newsletter

    Buenos Vecinos Newsletter August 2018 What is a Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Food Drive and how can you help? BVB conducts a Food Drive at Romero's twice a year with the store’s generous cooperation. We staff an outside table and display the foods that we provide our clients, and we greet the public with ready smiles and bi-lingual fliers. Our presence at Romero’s is important in reminding the entire community of the very real needs of our clients. Local Panamanians shop in the store and return with the same basic food items they buy for their own families to give Buenos Vecinos as a donation. The expats and visitors generally give us cash; they understand that financial assistance goes a long way, because BVB purchases food wholesale, and our administrative costs are minimal. How can you help? Come by Romero’s on Saturday August 18th 9am-3 pm. Look for our volunteers in blue. Or if you want to make a donation online by PayPal, visit out new website www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com. Donations can also be made locally by contacting Louise Orr at panamaleo@gmail.com. Win a Beautiful Prize at the TMM Look for the BVB Table at the Boquete Tuesday Morning Market to buy raffle tickets for beautiful home décor pieces. The proceeds will provide non-perishable food for some of the area’s neediest families. Sylvette Day, a long-time and energetic member of our organization, is also a skilled quilter who has designed and created some of the area’s most treasured quilt-art pieces. The raffle item she has created for Buenos Vecinos is a 60”x60” quilt fashioned from 100% cotton Indonesian batiks. This rich, exotic quilt would look great as a wall-hanging, a decorative bed cover, a TV-watching throw or simply draped over an armchair. Germaine Sturtz, a long-time and generous member of BVB is also a very talented designer. She has crafted another of her stunning shell-encrusted mirrors for this raffle. The brushed-metal frame features sea shells in one corner. The finished piece measures 21” X 25,” and weighs about five pounds. A focal point for any room, this beautiful mirror is going to attract a lot of attention in your home. The prizes will be announced at the September 25th TMM and the winners need not be present to win. Family of the Month August 2018 Meet Osiris and Noel Families care for one another and, in this case, a strong woman has stepped forward to care for two generations of family members. Elidia takes care of her daughter and her two grandchildren, Osiris, a 13 year-old girl, and Noel, an 8 year-old boy. All three suffer from developmental delays. Elidia also raised her husband’s youngest children from his previous marriage after his wife passed away, and now Elidia helps care for two of their children. Elidia’s husband is a trusted worker on the finca where the owner provides this family of nine a two room house with running water. The finca is an ideal setting for these four youngsters to explore and to play together. Osriris and Noel receive their formal education with the assistance of a teacher for the handicapped but, because their developmental delays are so severe, there is little advancement. Elidia also makes sure they have social activities and educational stimulation every Saturday at Fundacion Pro Integracion (FPI) also known as the Handicap Center. Buenos Vecinos works closely with FPI to make sure Elidia and her family get their monthly allotment of non-perishable food, and she expresses her gratitude for the help BVB provides. 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 Orrpanamaleo@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!
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    Buenos Vecinos de Boquete June Newsletter

    View this email in your browser Buenos Vecinos Newsletter June 2018 Boquete Video Festival Supports BVB On June 16th the Boquete Video Festival held another showing of locally-made videos in their annual competition. It was a fun, creative, and well-attended evening of entertainment in the Clubhouse at the BCP. Buenos Vecinos thanks the Festival organizers for, once again, supporting our charity with the proceeds from the entrant’s fees, and the sale of Festival t-shirts. Creative BVB Members Provide Some Unique Raffle Items Look for the BVB Table at the Boquete Tuesday Morning Market beginning July 3rd to buy raffle tickets for beautiful home décor pieces. The proceeds of your raffle ticket purchases will provide non-perishable food for some of the area’s neediest families. Sylvette Day, a long-time and energetic member of our organization, is also a skilled quilter who has designed and created some of the area’s most treasured quilt-art pieces. The raffle item she has created for Buenos Vecinos is a 60”x60” quilt fashioned from 100% cotton Indonesian batiks. This rich, exotic quilt would look great as a wall-hanging, a decorative bed cover, a TV-watching throw or simply draped over an armchair. Germaine Sturtz, is also a long-time member of BVB. Known as the “Queen of the Garage Sales” for her organization prowess planning and executing our Venta de Patio Sales, she is also a very talented designer. Her “art plates” and “shell mirrors” have been much-coveted treasures in our previous raffles. She has crafted another of her stunning shell-encrusted mirrors for this raffle. The brushed metal frame features sea shells in one corner. The finished piece measures 21” X 25,” and weighs around five pounds. A focal point for any room, this beautiful mirror is going to attract a lot of attention (and raffle ticket buyers!) Family of the Month Meet Ana Elizabet When the families of Fundacion Pro Integracion gather on Saturdays to provide social interaction and support for their handicapped member and for one another, Benita makes sure that her oldest child is there to join in. Ana Elizabet was born 19 years ago with cerebral palsey. Although she is wheelchair-bound and cannot speak, Ana understands what people tell her and responds with a smile and wonderfully expressive eyes. She is a portrait in joy. Ana and her four younger brothers and parents live in a one room house for which they pay rent and electricity. The other biggest expense, besides the anti-seizure medicine Ana must have twice each day, is food to feed the family. Benita explains that the food Buenos Vecinos de Boquete (BVB) provides each month helps them meet those needs and they truly appreciate it. 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 Orrpanamaleo@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. Family of the Month – June 2018 Meet Ana Elizabet When the families of Fundacion Pro Integracion gather on Saturdays to provide social interaction and support for their handicapped member and for one another, Benita makes sure that her oldest child is there to join in. Ana Elizabet was born 19 years ago with cerebral palsey. Although she is wheelchair-bound and cannot speak, Ana understands what people tell her and responds with a smile and wonderfully expressive eyes. She is a portrait in joy. Ana and her four younger brothers and parents live in a one room house for which they pay rent and electricity. The other biggest expense, besides the anti-seizure medicine Ana must have twice each day, is food to feed the family. Benita explains that the food Buenos Vecinos de Boquete (BVB) provides each month helps them meet those needs and they truly appreciate it. If you would like to help families like this and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, your financial support would be most appreciated. DONATE ONLINE: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/how-you-can-help We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. IF YOU PREFER TO DONATE BY CASH, Please contact Louise Orr (panamaleo@gmail.com) for arrangements. 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), your name will be added to our “Coconut Foundation” as an acknowledgement of your concern and generosity. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete’s wholesale purchase power enables us to furnish our clients more food than they could purchase on their own in the store with the same amount of money. Thank you!
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    Fisher Price Ducky Pal Bath Tub

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    Fisher Price Ducky Pal Bath Tub

    Asking price- $15 Price for new Ducky Pal Bath Tub in Arrocha is $64 If interested call Germaine 6789-9410 Proceeds go to Buenos Vecinos de Boquete
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    You Don't Want to Miss This!!!

    This is going to be a huge patio sale. Don't miss it!!
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    Buenos Vecinos de Boquete April Newsletter

    View this email in your browser Buenos Vecinos Newsletter April 2018 Look at Our New “Face to the World” You can now view our brand new website at www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com. Gijs Hoogerkamp and Ivan Gonzalez of Chiriqui Media Factory donated the design and launch of our new site and we are very grateful for their skill and expertise. Besides the new look, we are pleased to announce the addition of a new feature that allows our donors to select a recurring monthly payment Pay Pal donation. Please remember that an annual $30 monthly donation insures one of our families the supplemental food they need for a year. Thank you Germaine and Richard Sturtz Our tireless volunteers organized and conducted a multi-donor rummage sale from the home of Germaine and Richard Sturtz in Las Brisas this last month. Proceeds from their and other BVB volunteers’ hard work created enough support to sponsor three families this next year! Job well-done! Greet the BVB Volunteers this Saturday On Saturday April 14th, come say “Hi” to our “ladies in blue” who will be collecting non-perishable food and cash donations in front of the Boquete Romero’s Super Market from 9 am to 1 pm. These donations will help supplement our clients’ monthly food basket. Our clients represent the elderly, and single moms who lack family support, as well as handicapped individuals and their families. A Multi-Charity Venta de Patio in Potrerillos April 21st Don't miss the 4 charity Venta de Patio sale taking place in the basketball court in Potrerillos Arriba. We will have for sale clothes, kitchenware, household item, baked goods and many more items. The sale will take place Saturday, April 21 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. This exciting event is sponsored by Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, Fundacion Pro-Integracion, Boquete Rotary Club and Boquete Knitters and Quilters. Coming from Boquete there is a Terpel station before you reach Dolega. Turn right at the station. You will see a sign for Potrerillos. Go straight toward Baru mountain on the road. There will be a fork in the road where you will see a small restaurant and a gas station. Stay to the right. Keep going straight and you will see a basketball court on your left right before you reach the town. We hope to see you there!! Family of the Month Up in the mountainous rural area, where sugar cane fields and vegetable gardens grow, live the hardy people who live off their machete and harvesting skills. Edilberto, twelve, and Jon, almost two, belong to a family like this. They, their four brothers and parents live in a zinc and bamboo house poised near the ridge of a canyon. Edilberto looks up to his two older brothers, Adrian, fifteen, and Jean-Carlos, thirteen, because they can help their dad harvest sugar cane, tomatoes and chayote when they are not in school. Edilberto cannot perform these chores because he has juvenile arthritis which limits his mobility and requires frequent visits to the local clinic for medicine to ease his pain. So Edilberto is left at home to care for his three younger brothers, Joel, five, Abigal, three, and Jon, whenever their mom is needed to help harvest, or to walk down into the village for groceries. Her outdoor wood cook-stove is constantly going to provide meals for this hungry family. Mom, Elena, tells us that she is proud of her boys. They are healthy and happy, and they are getting better school grades each year. If you would like to help Ediberto and Jon and their family, or families like this, please consider a donation to Buenos Vecinos de Boquete today. 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. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete's wholesale purchase power enables us to furnish our clients more food than they could purchase on their own in the store with the same amount of money. 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 Orrpanamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Thank you!
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    Spring Cleaning Time!

    Spring Cleaning Time! Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, a local food charity, is looking for your donations of items you no longer want. We are having a huge patio sale on April 21, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Potrerilos Arriba basketball court. Fundacion Pro-Intergracion, Boquete Rotary Club and Boquete Knitters and Quilters are also participating in this patio sale. To donate items to Buenos Vecinos de Boquete in the Boquete area you can contact Molly either by a WhatsApp message at 6742-4872 or email her at mollyctraynor@gmail.com. For donations in the Potrerillos area call or send a WhatsApp message to Carmen: 6670-4940 or email her at carmenbotero@yahoo.com
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    4 Charity Venta de Patio

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    If you are making donations to Buenos Vecinos call or WhatsApp Carmen at 6670-4940. We will arrange a pickup. Thanks!
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    4 Charity Venta de Patio

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    We don't have a location to receive donations set up yet. I will let you know as soon as we have one. Thank you for your interest!!
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    4 Charity Venta de Patio!

    Save the Date!! Don't miss the 4 charity Venta de Patio sale taking place in the basketball court in Potrerillos Arriba. We will have for sale clothes, kitchenware, household item, baked goods and many more items. The sale will take place Saturday, April 21 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. This exciting event is sponsored by Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, Fundacion Pro-Integracion (Handicap Foundation), Boquete Rotary Club and Boquete Knitters and Quilters. Coming from Boquete there is a Terpel station before you reach Dolega. Turn right at the station. You will see a sign for Potrerillos. Go straight toward Baru mountain on the road. There will be a fork in the road where you will see a small restaurant and a gas station. Stay to the right. Keep going straight and you will see a basketball court on your left right before you reach the town. We hope to see you there!!
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