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Costa Rican Trails offers you the option to buy the supplies you want to donate locally in Costa Rica, like rice, beans, oil, salt, fruits, Gerber baby food, Gerber cereal, milk, and formula. If you are interest pleased contact your Sales Consultant or email reservations@costaricantrails.com directly.

Project #1

Centro de Promoción Comunitaria San Martin de Porras promotes the holistic development of 280 children from ages 1 through 12 years old in La Carpio, Costa Rica. Through education, nutrition and kindergarten services, families are strengthened and initiatives such as social justice, equal opportunity, solidarity, cooperation, creativity and personal development are promoted.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Drawing Pads, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Art Supplies:
Colored Crepe Paper and Tissue Paper, Colored Wool, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes

Reference Materials:
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries

Flash Cards:
(English and Spanish) Alphabet

Wall Charts:
(English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English and Spanish) Language/Grammar

Educational Games/Toys:
Bananagrams, Play-Doh, Puzzles, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, Toddler Toys, and Wooden Puzzles

Music Instruments:
Cymbals, Recorders, Triangles, and Other Small Instruments

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Netball/Basketballs and Soccer Balls

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes, School Uniforms, and Tennis Shoes

Linens:
Bed Linens, Light Blankets, and Pillows

Kitchen:
Crusher for Vegetables, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Pressure Cooker, Small Plates and Cups, and Spoons and Serving Spoons

Health/Personal Grooming:
Band-Aids, Hair Brushes, Hand Cream, Plastic Gloves, Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

Computer Hardware/Software:
DVDs, Printer Epson TX320f Stylus Office Black 133, Printer Cartridges, Speaker with Microphone, and Working Laptops

Linens:
Colored Sheets, Mats (for children), and White Sheets

Project #2

Lomas de Cocori­, located in the district of San Isidro de El General, serves 338 students from ages 4 through 12 years old.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Human Body Anatomy Model, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Small or Inflatable Globes, and Solar Calculators

Art Supplies:
Clay, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Paints

Reference Materials:
(Spanish) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Flash Cards:
Alphabet, Math, and Word

Wall Charts:
Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(Spanish) Biology, General Science, Language/Grammar, and Math

Music Instruments:
Cymbals, Guiros, Recorders, Tambourines, and Triangles

Computer Hardware/Software:
Educational Software

Educational Games/Toys:
Play-Doh

Project #3

Cen-Cinai Zapote is a kindergarten located in Zapote, which cares for and teaches 66 children while their mothers are at work.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Pencils, and Pencil Cases/Bags

Art Supplies:
Watercolor Paints and Paint Brushes

Flash Cards:
(Spanish) Alphabet

Wall Charts:
(Spanish) Language

Educational Games/Toys:
Educational Games, Play-Doh, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Wooden Puzzles

Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, and Triangles

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Soccer Balls

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

Linens:
Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, and Pillows

Kitchen:
Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

Health/Personal Grooming:
Band-Aids, Hand Cream, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Washing Powder

Art Supplies:
Colored Crepe Paper and Tissue Paper, Colored Wool, Glitter Colors, and Tape Measures

Linens:
White Sheets and Colored Sheets

Project #4

Union los Hogarcitos is a group of seven Hogarcitos, located in San Jose. Each one of them takes care of ten children up to 6 years old. They receive the children from PANI, a Government Children Organization. and take care of them until PANI solves their family issues and the child either is adopted or goes to a relative who can take responsibility for the child. We take care of little children constantly searching for donations to meet all of the childrens’ needs so that they can have a normal life in a family.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, and Rulers

Art Supplies:
Watercolor Paints and Brushes

Flash Cards:
(Spanish) Alphabet

Music Instruments:
Recorders

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Soccer Balls

Clothing/Shoes:
Baby Clothing and Socks (sizes 0 to 3 months, 3 to 6 months, 6 to 9 months, 9 to 12 months, 12 to 24 months and 36 months), Diapers for newborns (S, M, L and XL are the most widely used), New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing (sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9) and Shoes, New Underwear, and Pajamas

First Aid/Health:
Band-Aids

Linens:
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Comforters and Bedspreads for Single Beds, Cotton Quilts, Hypoallergenic Baby Blankets, Light Blankets for Single Beds, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows

Kitchen:
Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

Health/Personal Grooming:
Baby Wipes, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Hand Wipes, Plastic Gloves, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Washing Powder

Computer Hardware/Software:
Music CDS for children and Children’s Films in Spanish

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 30, 2016

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.