We are blessed to receive a variety of donations to support Cozumel families in need.
Thanks to donors who recently brought backpacks to be distributed this summer to students in kindergarten through university. Guests of Paradise Beach recently donated both backpacks and various school supplies. Kim Trethewey brought a case of 24 backpacks we ordered and shipped to their home to bring on their Cozumel vacation.
Rosy Vargas, co-owner of Pepe Scuba, provided a very generous donation of 100 meters of fleece fabric. Friends of Cozumel volunteers will cut the fleece in lengths to the size of throw blankets to distribute next winter. Many families we support live in very modest 1 or 2 room homes that do not have protection from strong winds or are not completely enclosed.
Armand Gautron and Leanne Pauch donated a good condition bike and helmet that we matched to a single mom with 5 children. She is a hard worker and now has a full-time job cleaning at one of the hospitals to support her children. She is one of the mothers who receives a “hand-up” through Diana’s SMILE (Single Mothers Independent Living Endowment) with the goal of helping her family to become self-sufficient. The bike will provide transportation to/from her job and for the family to use for errands.
Coming soon . . . our next posting about personal hygiene products provided to a special group of mothers.