Variety – the Children’s Charity of Barbados Inc. is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are mentally, physically or socially disadvantaged. The Aunty Olga Memorial School Aid Programme, supported by Variety, provides school uniforms, books, backpacks and school supplies to over 300 children from 200 families across Barbados, giving them an equal opportunity at education.
General School Supplies:
College-Ruled Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Drawing Books, *Erasers, Exercise Books, *Geometry Sets, Glue Sticks, Markers, Notebooks, *Pencil Cases, Pencil Grips, *Regular and Jumbo Pencils, *Regular and Jumbo Pencil Sharpeners, *Pens, Scientific Calculators, Wide-Ruled Paper, and *12-Inch Rulers
(English, French, and Spanish) Dictionaries
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks
Checker Sets, Chess Sets, Fidget/Stress Relief Toys, Puzzles, and Scrabble
Basketballs, Jump Ropes, Netballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects: Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Ocean Acres Animal Sanctuary provides sanctuary for around 200 dogs and 250 cats, but there are thousands still out there suffering. The sanctuary is financed solely by donations and fundraising initiatives.
When you travel to the Time Out Hotel, please consider leaving a little space in your suitcase to donate much needed items to Ocean Acres. 100% of all donations go towards the care of the animals.
Alcohol Swabs, Gauze, Hot Water Bottles, Digital Thermometers, and Tweezers
*Boots, Dressings, Needle Holders, *Overalls, *Scrubs, and *Surgical Gloves
*1mL and 5mL Syringes
Avi Plus Hand Rearing Formula, Cat Food, Cat Snacks, Dog Food, Dog Snacks, Hill A/D Cat Food, and Vanilla Pronutro
Bathing Towels and Hand Towels
Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Staplers, and Laminating Machines
Blankets, Brushes and Combs, *Cat Carriers and Crates, Chew Toys, Collars, *Dog Carriers and Crates (All Sizes), Dog Gates, Feeding Trays, *Flea Shampoo, *Food and Water Bowls, Frontline, Grooming Tools, Harnesses, Heartgard Dewormer, *Leashes, Pet Bedding, *Pet Shampoo and Conditioners, Rugs, Small Plastic Swimming Pools, and Water Bottles
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. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
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.