Tour Company

    My Costa Rica

    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

    My Costa Rica is teaming up with Educación Plus to assist them with their initiatives benefiting 450 schoolchildren who live in some of our communities that are most in need. Their Back To School Program provides children the items needed to attend school, including textbooks, uniforms, and school supplies. They also have weekly activities and programs that provide children a safe and healthy atmosphere to spend their time.


    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

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Netball/Basketballs and Soccer Balls

    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes and Tennis Shoes

    Project #2

    Hogar Infantil Blanca Flor (White Flower Children’s Home) is a temporary refuge for infants and toddlers who have been abandoned or removed from homes where they were in danger. The goal of the home is to provide a temporary, caring environment until the children are placed with their new families. Hogar Infantil Blanca Flor provides a healthy environment that nourishes the children emotionally and physically. Their programs include education, psychological support, dental and medical therapies for all of the children in their care. Their caring commitment at such important stages of a child’s life is integral to prepare for an early social reintegration and beautiful future.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints (non-toxic), Crayons, and Finger Paint

    *Clothes for Infants, *Clothes for Toddlers, *Clothes for Small Children, *Shoes for Infants, *Shoes for Toddlers, and *Shoes for Small Children

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Baby Toys, Educational Toys for Toddlers, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys for Infants and Toddlers

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Combs, *Diapers (All Sizes), Hair Brushes, Soap for Babies and Children, and Shampoo for Babies and Children

    Baby Blankets

    Text/Reading Books:
    (Spanish) Books for Toddlers

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 23, 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.