There’s lots of ways to support Chapter 8 charity efforts, but the most common way is to donate items that can either be auctioned to raise money or given directly to needy residents. Below are some ideas for some items you may wish to bring with you. As with anything else, shopping in Mexico for these items helps support the local economy (and will weigh you down less ahead of the trip).
Charity Silent & Live Auction Items (100% of Proceeds go to Charity):
- Art Objects (paintings, sculptures, carvings, novelties, etc.)
- Handcrafted items (especially those with character)
- Bottle(s) of liquor or wine
- Wine, cheese, food baskets
- Electronics, new or used (in good working order)
- RV/automotive products, new or used (in good working order) that you no longer use
- RV accessories new or used (in good working order), camping chairs, folding tables, etc.
- Unusual gadgets, clothing, funny hats, ugly ties… things that would make every bidder grin!
- A spouse’s personal item (like a hat) that would inspire a spouse to bid higher to regain it
In-Kind Donation Items:
Items can be brought from north of the border or purchased in Mexico. The Mexican government appreciates items being bought in Mexico since it helps their economy.
- Bulk Food (Non-Perishable): Large Cans of Peanut Butter, Tuna, Sacks of pinto beans, Sacks of Rice, Sacks of Flour, Ensure (or other meal replacement products). Fresh fruits (especially grapes) and fresh vegetables are also appreciated.
- Blankets: Baja winter nights are cold… and warm blankets make a difference.
- Electronics: Computers—desktop, laptop, tablets—must be in good working order
- Clothing: clothes and shoes, new or used in good condition, jackets especially with hoods for school age children from age 4 to 16 years old. Any kind of pants that pull up and have no zipper, sweats of all sizes up to men’s small size, leggings for girls up to size medium.
- Craft Materials: Pipe cleaners, beads, paints,
- Diapers: Adult size for handicapped adults; children’s diapers for all age kids; pull ups
- Games & Toys: Handheld games, puzzles, electronic games or tablets, AA & AAA batteries, balls (especially soccer balls),
- Handicapped Aids: wheelchairs, walkers, canes (especially adjustable canes)
- Hygiene Products: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo, hand lotion, sanitary wipes,
- School Supplies: Pencils, ball point pens, paper, notepads, wire bound composition books (older kids need one for each subject)