On Thursday, several members of the Junior League of Boca Raton donated nearly 6,000 diapers and pullups to the international relief and development organization Food For The Poor for orphanages in Haiti.
Known for their commitment to the local community, the Junior League of Boca Raton established the only diaper bank in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, which distributes nearly 140,000 diapers every other month to local nonprofit agencies. But for the first time, the Junior League of Boca Raton is extending that kindness on an international level.
“I’ve traveled to Haiti in the past and it’s so sad to think about the destruction the hurricane has caused there, especially to the orphanages,” said Tracy Wilson, the Diaper Bank Chair. “We’re so glad we can help.”
Two of Food For The Poor’s Angels Of Hope homes, Cassamajor Orphanage in Les Cayes and St. Francois de A’ssise Orphanage in Paillant, have been significantly damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, leaving more than 200 children, some of them infants, in dire need of basic supplies.
The Junior League of Boca Raton also donated a pallet of baby and toddler-sized clothes and shoes, blankets, bedding, and a baby crib to the charity.
“We’re very thankful for their generous donations, especially the diapers, because they are truly a blessing to the caregivers who are taking good care of these young children,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “It’s going to take some time to help families affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti to recover, but it’s truly heartwarming to know that the children without families have not been forgotten.”
The Junior League of Boca Raton (JLBR) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLBR’s community initiatives focus on issues that have been identified as being of greatest concern within the community: Hunger, Child Welfare and Non-Profit Support. JLBR’s purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.