The Mitrani Senior Day Care Center program was created for adults who need supervision assistance during the day. The center regularly provides breakfast, lunch, medical and psychological care, physical therapy, and a full schedule of structured activities that enhance the quality of life of the oldest members of the community.
Here they can see friends, make crafts, seek medical attention, and most importantly have a hot meal. In many cases the center will deliver the meals, and medical supplies directly to their homes, since a large percentage have little or no family to care for them.
General School Supplies:
Batteries, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Envelopes, and Glue Sticks
Bath Towels and Bed Linens (Twin Only)
Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
Cereal, Coffee, Eggs, Fruit, Grains, Meats, Pasta, and Vegetables
Advil, Antibiotic Ointments, Aspirine 81 mg, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Benadryl, Cetirizine, Cough and Cold Relief Products, Denture Adhesive, Deodorant, Depends, Desitin Cream, Eye Drops, Glucosamine Chondritin, Hand Cream, Imodium, Insect Repellent, Loratadine, Melatonin, Multivitamin Tablets, Omega 3, Pepcid, Plastic Gloves, Razors, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Shampoos, Soaps, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Topical Pain Relief Products, Tylenol, Vaseline, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Wet Wipes, and Voltaren Pills or Cream
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Glue, Fabric Scissors, Sewing Needles, and Thread
Staffed by a husband/wife medical team, the pharmacy provides and distributes, at no cost, medicine to those in most need from the community. Local clinics many times run out of medical supplies and medicine or don’t have any syringes to disperse them.
With the Cuban’s average monthly salary being just over $30 a month, there is not much left over for the extra medical needs of the children, adults and elderly. Basic medical supplies can make a big difference here.
Since the decline of US tourism, the inventory has dwindled but through the generosity of our guests, we have hope that there will soon be a steady stream of supplies for the growing needs of the community.
Ace Bandages, Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, Hot Packs, Ice/Cold Packs, Needles, Scissors, Spacers for Asthmatic Patients, Splints, Tampons, Thermometers (Digital), Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Urine Dipsticks
5 ml Syringes, 10 ml Syringes, 20 ml Syringes, and 50 ml Syringes
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and Vaseline
Albuterol Inhalers, Antibacterial Ointment, Antibiotics, Anti-Diarrhea Medication, Antifungal Cream, Antihistamine, Aspirin, Cefalexin, Cefuroxime (any Cephalosporin), Cough Treatments, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, Flucloxacillin, Folic Acid, Hydrocortisone Cream, Ibuprofen, Vitamins, and Zinc Tablets
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.