Back in October of 2009, I posted that I needed to make everyone aware that Tom McCormack had two containers coming to David and he needed some volunteers to help unload it.
Here we are ONE year later. Tom has finally broken through all of the hurdles that the Panamanian government, businesses and individuals (wanting to get their hand greased) placed in front of him and the containers have been delivered to David.
It continues to boggle my mind that a country like Panama would not be rolling out the red carper to individuals like Tom, that are spending their own money to aid the less fortunate. Instead they seem to do everything in their power to make it as difficult as possible. I tip my hat to Tom, He is a better man than I am. I would have given up long before now.
Well, that is behind us. Lets focus on the present and give some recognition to what has been brought to Chiriquí and you will see how many are going to benefit from it.
The Alcalde of David (Fransisco Vigil) provided Tom a gymnasium to store the items until they can get dispersed. Its photo follows.
Once inside the gymnasium, this is what I saw.
Here are some specific photos of various types of items.
Against one wall there were all of these boxes to be unpacked. They contain all sorts of things from shoes to closes, to other items.
Here are Onety Murillo and Maria Cabera unpacking the boxes and categorizing the pieces into the type of clothing it is. The plastic bags are items that have already been sorted and each bag has a label of the type of clothing. Nina, mujer, hombre, etc.
Lets give credit the the person who is providing the facility to house the items for distribution.
Here is Tom with one of the first recipients of Tom’s Foundation’s generosity, the Potrerillos ambulance service. This Gurney would cost at least $1,200 here.
I wasn’t there the other day when the items were unloaded from the containers and brought into the gym. My thanks go out to all who were able to help.
Here is a photo of Tom and some of those that helping him with the unpacking and distribution. I apologize if I misspell any of the names. From left to right are Yony, Ruby, Onety, Tom and Maria. Ruby has the responsibility of tracking who gets what and helping to verify that there is a legitimate need.
Here is a photo of Tom and a Police official that is helping to plan the distribution.
Here is a photo of Tom with some examples of the breast prosthesis that will be provided to women that have suffered breast cancer surgery. These run about $300 for a set.
My original title for this piece was going to be “Greed, Stupidity, and Ineffectiveness”. I am still not sure that it isn’t a better title considering the hurdles and roadblocks that Tom went through getting these two containers delivered.
Tom is now scrambling against time to get the items you have seen distributed because on November 2 another container will arrive in Colon. I hope that greed, stupidity, and ineffectiveness don’t raise their ugly heads and cause another year delay.
That reminds me. In the previous shipments, Tom had several cases of canned milk for newborns. It all had to be thrown out because the expiration date came and went before it could be delivered. Maybe I should have included the word “waste” along with greed, stupidity and ineffectiveness.