We work with the San Cristobal Shelter for the Elderly. The shelter functions as a non-profit entity whose mission is to accompany, attend, and care for the elderly with limited resources, especially those who live on the street.
The refuge currently provides comprehensive care for over 60 elderly people, ensuring their physical and mental health. They promote active aging with dignity through activities that respond to the occupation of free time, health maintenance, and social inclusion. Such activities enhance cognitive, physical, and social functions and to reduce the deterioration of the old age stage.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper
Laminated Wall Charts:
(Spanish) World Maps
Tablets and Working Laptops
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Gage Wire, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Paint Brushes, and Wire Cutters
Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Soccer Balls and Tennis Balls
Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Plastic Gloves
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Cups, and Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas
*Bars of Soap, *Combs, *Deodorant, *Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, *Hand Cream, *Multivitamin Tablets, *Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, *Shampoos, *Toothbrushes, *Toothpaste, *Vaseline, and *Washing Powder
Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel
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.