I just noticed a post on Tom McCormack’s FaceBook page. I felt it was worth a huge AttaBoy from Chiriquí Chatter.
Our last container #17 has just about been delivered to areas of need. To date more than 3000 wheelchairs, more than 3000 walkers, more than 4000 pairs of crutches and around 100 home hospital beds. We just fit number # 392 new prosthetic leg. Hundreds of breast prothesis and wigs, thousands of glasses and lots of hearing aids. Still going strong. Thomas L. and Linda J.McCormack Foundation.Thanks to all our volunteers in Panama and U.S.A.
You may remember on my Container 17 post, that TVN was here filming the process. They were here again this week doing more followup for A Panama Hero promotion. Those nominated will be awarded $8,000 for their good work. The winner will be awarded $30,000, if I understand correct.
Obviously everyone in Chiriquí already recognizes that Tom is a hero, but it would be nice to see his foundation pull in the $30K. Think of all the people that Tom would help with that money.
Chiriquí Chatter thinks there is no more deserving winner. Let’s hope that TVN decides the same in December.
Last Thursday, June 30, Lilliam and I took our morning 2 1/2 mile walk.. I called Tom McCormack to verify that Container 17 had arrived. It was on its way. It had been held up in Colon because there was heavy equipment on the road and it had not been able to leave on schedule.
Still, they drove through the night and it was in David around 8:00 AM, where some 70+ volunteers were ready to help with the unloading.
When I got there the doors had already been open and items were being passed down a line to be placed in the bodega.
There were many gringos, but more Panamanians. Many of the Panamanians were there to say “Thank You” for members of their families who had benefited in the past or would benefit in the future. There were some who had already received one of Tom’s gifts.
Rubi had gone to the port to get it cleared through customs and escort it to the bodega. Rubi is Tom’s trusted assistant who has learned how to fit the arm and leg prosthesis. When Tom is in the US getting more donations, Rubi continues to work with those in need in Chiriqui. Continue reading A Feel Good Day→
I just received the following message from Tom McCormack. His latest container should unload Thursday (June 30) around 8AM. Here is a link to a previous container unloading.
Last news. The driver of the mula is in line waiting to be loaded first thing in the morning.
So you can announce that the loading will start 8AM at the bodaga beside IFARU on Thursday. Any changes will be announced.
Thanks Don Spent all day today with a film crew from TVN.They are waiting to film the unloading.
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Hi Don, I am sending you information about an activity that will be held at Parque de Cervantes this coming Saturday. This activity is to raise funds for ” Ostomizados” ( children, young adults, women, men and the elderly whom suffer problems with their Colon). This Foundation is going to collect money for these people specially for a little boy name Bryan.
There will be live music, food, activities, Zumba and all for a great cause. We hope to see a lot of cooperation from everyone. One donation can go along way.
Don, Stella asked me if it is possible for you to share this on your blog. Stella and other students from Colegio Nuestra Senora de los Angeles will be volunteers that day.