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Costa Rica, Playa Hermosa Guanacaste. Expats and Re/Max Tres Amigos Helping Out Local Children For School

Hello from Playa Hermosa.

Yesterday afternoon I had the great pleasure to use my old skills as a chef cooking hot dog for over 100 kids and their families (Granted it was not hard at all and really does not take much skill but still pleasure to do.). Every year one of our local long time expat residents Gary Lindquist coordinates a donation drive to supply the less fortunate children of Sardinal with the basic needs to go to school. Gary works with the principal to help locate the most in need. The New School year will start the first week of February as the children are on summer break now. (Yes I wrote summer, here the locals only have two seasons summer and winter or dry and rainy, even though Costa Rica is in the northern hemisphere it is now summer here)

Here in Costa Rica all children are required to go to school up til the 10th grade. The public school is free but there are some requirements. Uniform, shirt, shoes and basic school supplies like note books and pencils. Many poor families just cannot afford to purchase these items for their children.  Gary along with the help of many local expats and companies spread the message about the Sardinal Backpack program as it is called. All of the agents in our 3 Re/Max offices send out an email periodically to our database asking for donations to help or have postings on their blogs, face book and web pages. Our secretary Yorleny helps collect the funds and send them to Gary. The donation is only $60 for one back pack that is stuffed with new shoes, socks, pants or skirts, white shirts, note books, pens and pencils and more.

Also many of the local expats that live here as “Snow Birds” Just come for the high season to escape the cold weather of North America and Europe, have started raising money back in their home communities for this great cause.  

A great group of young kids, from a martial arts association in Canada, were present to help hand out the backpacks to the local children. This group also helped raise money back home to support this great cause.

It is never too late to donate as this is the 4th year that Gary has coordinated this event and the collection for next year is already under way. Contact me today so I can tell you how you can help out for next years’ program as there will always be children in need and education is the best gift you can give.

Here is a shot video of yesterday’s event http://youtu.be/SO_yeQmleh4   and a note from Gary that was emailed today

I would like to thank all of you who donated to the Sardinal Backpack Program. I also would like to thank Pastor Allen Cudahy for sponsoring and helping with the program. Thanks to Mike Simons and Remax for their continuing support. We also had help collecting donations from Milagro Management and Rentals.
A special thanks to Kimberley Wray and her group from Canada that contributed so much to the backpack program.  62 backpacks were given to poor children yesterday. They were all so happy to receive their school supplies, shoes and uniforms in their backpacks.
God bless you all for your support.
Sincerely,
Gary Lindquist
Sardinal Backpack coordinator

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