Everyone should be rested after two days off school due to our blizzard. It makes that 90 degrees that Francis talks about in Honduras sound great.
We continue to collect items for the gift bags. At Gehlen we are focusing on lotion, flip flops, and shoes this week. However, feel free to bring in other donations.
Remsen St. Mary's started their collection of materials this week. That will help a great deal, since we have 72 duffle bags to fill. The more donated items we can carry, the more families we can distribute gift bags to. It's hard to describe how important the gift bags are to the Honduran families. Bars of soap are a luxury to them. Some of the young children have never even used a scented bar of soap.
Carroll Kuemper is also collecting items that Mr. McCarty will bring with him when he joins us on packing day. It's awesome that our various schools are working together to help the poor of Nueva Capital!
Next week we are going to focus on collecting vitamins and Tylenol. Since the Honduran children usually have poor nutrition, when they do have food, it's important for them to have vitamins. These vitamins will be distributed daily by the teachers of Santa Teresa School. Prenatal vitamins can help prevent some birth defects like cleft palate. Please consider donating children's chewable or prenatal vitamins for our collections.