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Giving new purpose to items you no longer need during COVID-19

What does Hogar de Esperanza do with your donations of clothing and household items? First and foremost, we give them away freely to those who are most in need of them. Any extra items are sold in our thrift shop, where all of the proceeds go back into directly supporting the foundation’s work of helping those in need. The thrift shop has been closed during the COVID-19 emergency, and we have been utilizing its contents to clothe and shelter those whom we are helping during this crisis.

We provide clothing to many mothers and children. Just yesterday, a teenage, single mother came to us with her newborn baby girl, asking for our help. She was in extreme need, without food for herself or anything to offer her child. In addition to providing her with a food basket, soap and diapers, she took home multiple warm, tiny outfits to clothe her new baby, all donations from generous supporters like you. Cuenca’s homeless come to us hungry, and wearing torn, wet, dirty clothes. We provide them with a warm meal and re-clothe them with the clothes and shoes you donate to the foundation. The beds, mattresses, sheets and towels you gave us are all in use now by our 38 residents. The household items and kitchen supplies are put into immediate use in the house, or are given away to poor families, sometimes migrant families, who are starting anew here, and striving towards self-sufficiency. Sales from the shop are used to purchase medicines for our patients, and pay for their transportation costs to the hospital. These are just a few examples of the many uses for the continuing lives of your in-kind donations of items.

Our thrift shop is being renovated right now by our homeless residents, allowing them to learn new skills while also giving them the opportunity to contribute something back to the foundation, and to feel useful during the long quarantine – it is a win-win for all of us. Once Cuenca receives the go-ahead to officially open up again, we plan to re-open the Esperanza Thrift Shop, freshly painted, better organized, and (hopefully) re-stocked. But we need your help! Are you moving soon – perhaps across town or maybe even back home – and you have items that you can’t take with you? Do you wish you had someone to come carry away those items remaining after your moving sale, that you don’t know what to do with? Were you just spring cleaning last week, and came across clothes in your closets that you no longer wanted? If you would like to do some incredible things with those items you no longer need or want, let us turn them into something valuable to help those in need.

We accept anything that you wish to donate, and are happy to come pick up your donations to keep you safe at home during the health emergency and lockdown. Please contact us to arrange a time for pick-up. Thank you so much for your support of Hogar de Esperanza – we could not do any of this without you. http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca