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Helping during the current crisis

There are many questions about the best way to help in these trying times and we greatly appreciate Gary Vatcher’s clear explanation yesterday regarding some of the ways of giving to the city. We met with the city yesterday and learned the following:

• The city is keeping records of the individuals and families they are distributing food kits to. We have coordinated with them so that they know exactly who the Cuenca Soup Kitchen, in partnership with Hearts of Gold has distributed to. This will eliminate duplication of efforts.
• We are sharing pricing and vendor information.
• The city has only 30 staff members to man this huge effort and needs volunteers. If you are interested and able, please email for contact information.
• At this time the kits contain non-perishable foods for obvious reasons. The city is working on a practical way to include fruits and vegetables
• Financial donations are greatly appreciated and there are a number of ways that you can do this:

   - As per Gary’s excellent post, you can give directly to the city through a number of departments.
   - You can also give to one of the charities that you are familiar with.
   - During this crisis 100% of each donation (bank to bank transfer, below) to Hearts of Gold is used to feed the needy. These monies are used in coordination by Hearts of Gold and the Cuenca Soup Kitchen.

Hearts of Gold, Cuenta de Ahorros at JEP Account number: 406079928700 RUC: 0190395251002


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