This time of year, and throughout the year for that matter, I seem to get bombarded by emails, and other Internet notices, wanting donations for Bid 4 Boquete.
I have to tell you, I would be more excited if it were Bid 4 Chiriquí.
While I think B4B does good work, I think it is good for everyone to realize that there are many other deserving organizations, causes and individuals in Chiriquí, besides just those in Boquete.
I got turned off last year, when I was trying to find a hospital bed for Robert, who had a stroke in David. I contacted the Boquete Hospice organization, who had an available bed, and was told that they only supported people as far south as Dolega and I was outside the supported area.
Now since I knew they received their beds from Tom McCormack, I was kinda ticked. I would have thought they might say, if I provided the transportation they could loan me one, but they didn’t.
Luckily Tom supports all of Chiriquí and even has people coming in for prothesis help from outside of Panama. As it turned out, one of Tom’s beds became available and he delivered it. He has no boundaries on his benevolence.
Now if B4B offered the option of directing where the money went from an auction item I might buy, then I would consider purchasing some items. When I used to contribute to United Way, I specified exactly where I intended my money to go. However, since B4B doesn’t have that sort of option, I send my money where I can see the results of my contributions.
In case you are looking for other worthwhile organizations I will mention a few. If the names are in RED, then clicking on the name will take you to an area with more information.
Tom L. and Linda J. Foundation – I have known Tom for years and there is no individual that gives more to the people of Chiriquí.
Nutre Hogar – This organization helps malnourished children all over Panama. If you ever have a chance to visit the facility, you will see children that will tug at your heart strings.
Fundación AMIGOS del Niño con leucemia y cancer does a lot to assist children with cancer.
Churches – Our church, like many churches, has a program that supports young people’s needs for school. Lilliam and I contribute $60 a month to our church’s beca fund. They always have a special Sunday, at the end of the school year, where the children that received the beca money say “Thank You”. I enjoy seeing what fine young people I got to help.
Damas Rosada is a women’s organization that provides assistance for those in need and often are in the Women’s and Children Hospital (Hospital Obaldia).
Volcan Quilters (Las Hermanas de Acolchado de Volcan) This organization in Volcan has taught over 400 women how to sew and quilt and earn a living from their newly acquired skills.
There are so many needy individuals and organizations in Panama that it is impossible to mention them all. B4B has gotten to be so big, that maybe they will decide to expand their support and change the name to Bid 4 Chiriquí or at least provide the option of specifying where the donation should go.