Tour Company

    Costa Rican Trails

    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 info@ reservations@costaricantrails.com directly.
    Pack for a Purpose does not condone visiting orphanages, as this can often lead to negative impacts on children. The accommodation or tour company working with the orphanage will deliver the supplies in a coordinated and respectful way so that the children can benefit from them. Your generosity is not diminished because you do not interact with the children.

    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 Brushes and Paints

    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 Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    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 Brushes and Paints

    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 18, 2020

    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.