Helping others, one person at a time….
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Tom began collecting used children’s clothing and was able to send and distribute over 3000 pounds of clothing to people in need in Chiriqui. He then discovered that women who suffered from breast cancer did not have the resources to obtain breast prostheses or wigs. With the help of volunteers and the tireless work of Roswitha Firth, U.S. donation coordinator, hundreds of prostheses and wigs were collected, hand carried, and distributed. We extend a special thank you to Roswitha’s personal friend, Bärbel Mühlhausen, of Germany, who has made and donated over 400 cancer caps.
From there the project grew into the collection of wheelchairs, crutches, hospital beds, disposable medical supplies, bicycles, and basic household items. In order to facilitate the importing of the donations into Panama, the McCormack Foundation was formed. In 2006 the foundation shipped a 40 foot cargo container of donated goods to Chiriqui and the surrounding areas. In 2008, two more containers followed. The donations were unloaded with the help of U.S. Peace Corps workers and distributed by Tom. Two additional containers were shipped in October of 2009 and another in 2010. Container #7 was shipped on October 4, 2011. The eighth container arrived in Panama on December 17, 2011. Tom receives and personally delivers all donated items to the appropriate recipients. Containers 9, 10, and 11 were loaded and sent on October 10, 2012. See picture gallery for some photos of the loading.
Container #12 accompanied by Ruby reached David on November 2 and was promptly unloaded by a group of 43 volunteers.
Updated March 21, 2014