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Donation Sort-n-Box Event: October 2013

On October 5, 2013, we completed boxing up the donations we have gathered for shipment to Panama. With the help of some wonderful dedicated volunteers who put in a very long day, we packed up 119 boxes of clothes, toys, and household goods!! Combined with the 453 boxes that have been packed up over the last 1.5 years, we now have enough boxes to send a container to Panama. This album shows how we pack up a mountain of mixed donations into an orderly collection of sorted boxes.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our volunteers and to St. John Properties, Inc. for donating warehouse space for our use during the sort-n-box event.

Background: In preparation for shipping a container of donations to Panama, we periodically sort and box the donations we have gathered. This helps us maximize the use of our limited storage space and prepare for shipment. Clothing donations are boxed by size and gender, toys are boxed by gender and age range, and household goods are boxed with similar items together (ie kitchen utensils with pots and pans). This helps keep items organized for when we distribute them in rural Panama--our volunteers can load a mix of boxes of clothing sizes for adults and kids, toys, and household goods for each community they visit during the donation distribution trip.
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