3 More Backpacks

Just as the Little Known Help Zone backpacks for the 5 new orphans at Hogar de Amor were sent, it was discovered that 3 more children of the ages of 3, 5, and 10 were added to the home!IMG_6383

Little Known Help Zone knew the need to send more was there and went out and purchased items for the three girls. These are on their way to Honduras, with shipping generously provided by DIP shipping. Funding for these backpacks was earned through fundraising efforts from earlier this year.

Check out the new backpacks!

 

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Yoga Fundraiser

Little Known Help Zone is at it again!

On May 18th, we will be hosting a fundraiser at Emmaus Yoga. For $10, participants can sign up for an hour long yoga class. There’s only 28 slots available, but if you’d like to sign up, email me at littleknownhelpzone@gmail.com. Participants will receive a goody bag filled with healthy snacks. So far, Sahale snacks is donating items for the goody bags. sahalesnacks.com

T-shirts will also be for sale on crowd booster. Shirts will be sold for $15 dollars, and once the campaign is active, I will post the link for purchase. If you would like to buy one but you don’t live in the Little Known Help Zone area, I will gladly ship one to you.

One last thing, there will be a raffle for fun yoga prizes. If you would like to buy tickets, email or comment and you will be added to the raffle. The pricing for the tickets is $1 per ticket.  As of now, here are two fantastic prizes and more coming.

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The first prize is a Balance Ball Chair by donated by Gaiam. An $80 dollar value, this chair is spectacular. Here is a photo, and I linked the chair so you can read more.

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http://www.gaiam.com/balance-ball-chair/95-1004.html?start=75&cgid=1010400

Also, a yoga mat and mat cleaner was donated by the fantastic etsy seller Optimistic Elephant. This is an $85 dollar value and would be a fantastic prize. Her mats are perfect and such high quality!

Check her out here https://www.etsy.com/shop/OptimisticElephant

There’s other ways to help as well. If you would like to learn more about how you can help LKHZ, leave a comment below. There are many volunteer opportunities and help is always appreciated.

Bixbee Backpacks

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Have you ever heard of Tom’s, a buy one give one company? Well, the next up and coming company is Bixbee Backpacks. For every backpack purchased, they donate one to a child in need.

“Our desire to play a positive role in educating kids around the world began in 2011 with the launch of Schoolbags for Kids. Now for every designer backpack we sell, we donate a schoolbag and supplies to a kid in need through our One Here. One There.® program. We are proud to have donated thousands of supply-filled bags over the years…

Their enthusiasm about something so simple, something we take for granted, made a deep impression on him. Luis realized the children he met throughout his journey were like millions of others around the world, eager for an education but lacking basic supplies.”

 

As you can see, Bixbee and Little Known Help Zone share the same beliefs, that this passion towards education must be guided and helped.

I recently conversed with Luis, the founder of Bixbee Backpacks and set up a fantastic connection. Nearly every child at the Hogar del Amor orphanage wished for a backpack, and Bixbee was kind enough to donate the backpacks for 22 orphans. I was beyond excited for this generous donation and extremely grateful.

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Every child received a backpack filled with presents and wrapped in festive bags!

Stay tuned for a large post about the packing process and check out Bixbee at bixbee.com

Merry Christmas!

Donation from Essence Cosmetics

Being an openly admitted girly-girl, I know the true joys a bit of new makeup can bring. I turned to Essence Cosmetics, asking for a small donation, and was delighted by the response. Essence offered to send 11 kits of makeup for the girls, a very generous donation.

The kits came, and they are fantastic! They are filled with wonderful products and are a perfect addition to the Christmas presents. I am very great for Essence’s donations, and you should check out their website at www.essence.eu.

The Christmas present project has taken wonderful strides, new donors are trickling in and I believe there will be a wonderful selection of presents for the children. Soon, I will enter the wrapping phase and then ship the presents to Honduras!

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Volunteering in Puerto Viejo: The Jaguar Rescue Experience

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A baby howler monkey atop a shoulder

My vacation in Puerto Viejo took me on many adventures, but on June 22nd, I embraced my true passion and saw months of work brought to life. Prior to leaving for Costa Rica, I engaged in a multi month collection of veterinary supplies for the Jaguar Rescue in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. My organization was highly successful; over seven hundred dollars worth of supplies was gathered thanks to the generous contributions of three companies. 1-800 Pet Meds was one of the kind donors who graciously supplied the majority of veterinary care, I highly suggest you check them out here for great prices and wonderful service for all your pet needs!

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My family and I took a cab ride to the refuge and arrived on time for the 11:30 tour. Due to power outages and other communication hindrances, the private showing did not work out. In order to keep the facility up and running, a fifteen dollar donation I requested to see the work they are doing. While paying our donation, I dropped off the bags of supplies behind the desk and the lady promised to find the owners for me to meet and speak to.

Our tour was with a lovely woman named Daniela; she was thorough, kind, intelligent, informative, and interesting. We were shown the various facilities and informed of the methods used to take care of the animals. Also, we were told the story of each animal at the refuge. All of the stories were equally touching and I could spend hours recounting the touching anecdotes. What sets the refuge apart from similar concept facilities is their reintroduction effort. Most of the animal refuges keep the animals for life after taking them in. At the Jaguar Rescue, the utmost effort is taken to try and reintroduce the animals to their natural habitat. The work done at this center is incredible and inspiring.

As we were nearing the end of our tour, I was given the opportunity to meet the owners. They are such kind hearted people and very sweet. I got a picture taken with them and an adorable monkey, then we finished the tour. The jaguar rescue was an incredible experience and I very much enjoyed the trip. I suggest trying to visit the refuge and see the incredible work yourself. I want to thank all of the donors again for their contributions, because this project couldn’t have been done without them.

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A photo of Encar and I

Final Preparation

As the days trickle down, my house has become more and more hectic. Scrambling around, packing, and tying up loose knots are all occurring in these final hours. Just today, I’ve created forms to use for a school project and I am running around trying to find a perfect camera to use and document my trip. Hopefully, I’ll be able to create a video with some Costa Rican scenes.

I’ve been in contact with the refuge, but the exact date I will be visiting hasn’t been determined. I will most likely give them a call on the hotel’s one phone and organize the date then.

While this trip certainly has humanitarian purposes, there will also be some vacation time as well. We will go hiking, surfing, shopping, eating, and to a chocolate factory! Oh boy!

With all of the final donations together, it is time for me to pack them into two concise bags (check and carry on). I have much left to do, but I wanted to check in just to share the final details before I leave.

I won’t be able to post anything before I leave or while I am gone, but once I am home I will post pictures and stories galore! Stay helpful!

(And if perhaps you’d like something to do while I am gone, check out my etsy store etsy.com/shop/littleknownhelpzone )

**While on the topic of etsy, I will be picking up some handmade goods from locals down in Costa Rica that will be listed on my etsy page!

Over $500 Worth of Donations from 1-800-Petmeds

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I am here with great news about my Costa Rican Animal Refuge project. The supplies collection has reached a beautiful point and all that is left is to pack and organize the donations for when I leave in mid-June.

1-800-Petmeds was kind enough to mail a box of samples and products that can be used for my supplies collection. I received a plethora of supplies that will be extremely helpful for the trip to the Animal Refuge. There was over $500 dollars worth of supplies, some highlights include the 9 boxes of frontline and the other various medications that are hard to come by in Costa Rica.

I would like to express my extreme gratitude to the people of Petmeds, their generosity was more than appreciated. The animal refuge will certainly be grateful for the supplies as well. I am very happy that there are companies which care about humanitarian causes and events like this truly push me to continue working on making a change, I couldn’t have done this without them.

So if you are in the market for any needed animal supplies, I highly suggest checking out 1-800-petmeds.com for your order. Their prices are hard to beat and they are a great company with a humanitarian.

Stay tuned for more information about the Jaguar Refuge and the final steps before I leave for Costa Rica!

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