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Items Most Needed

"Take a look around - your trash may be someone's treasure."

    We all have too much. We all have things which we no longer use or think about but which are cherished by those who have virtually nothing. We discard plastic bags when the poor of Nicaragua use them for walls!

    Our Christmas and outdoor candles are often useless decorations, while they are the only means of light for the poor.

    The very cardboard boxes we throw in the trash each week are treasured by those who have no ways for storage. The simplest things become valuable in the hands of the poor.

    Look around and I am sure you will see countless items which are your "trash" but can become their "treasure".

                                                                                        -Msgr. Richard L. Wetter

An awesome fact:

42 semi-truck containers each with 1,000 boxes were sent to Nicaragua in 2006.

Some Helpful Suggestions:

If you want to help by donating items, here's a list of some of the things needed most:

  • Clothing: Men's women's children's including shoes and boots.

  • Baby clothes, in particular "onesies" with long sleeves for cooler temperatures in mountains - anything for babies

  • Stuffed Animals placed in plastic bags (for easy stowing in containers)

  • Toys and children's picture books

  • Hand tools: saws, hammers, screwdrivers, pliers

  • Paper (even paper that has been used on one side), construction paper

  • Crayons, pencils, markers, tablets

  • Soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, hair brushes

  • Linens, towels, bedding, light blankets

  • Monetary donations are needed desperately

  • Dishes, mugs, glasses, silverware, pots and pans

  • Religious supplies: Candles, candlesticks, priests' vestments, statues, rosaries, medals

  • Canned goods, rice, beans, cereal, macaroni, boxed foods

  • Furniture - please call first 

What not to send:

  • Winter clothes, coats, mittens, scarves, bulky sweaters

  • Electronic games, gadgets or equipment

  • Textbooks, computers, typewriters and games written in English.


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