Puerto Rico Kits for Kids Project - And the Value of Volunteering as a Family

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One of the things that we especially liked about homeschooling was that it gave us a chance to volunteer as a family and give back to our community.

One year, my daughter's teen group volunteered at a food bank then wrapped presents at the mall to support another nonprofit.  Another time we collected stuffed animals and gave them to the fire department, to give out to kids in crisis.  During senior year, my teen did a senior project that she designed, collecting canned food for cats, then giving them to a local senior center.  Through these experiences my daughter developed an understanding of the importance of giving back.  Plus a confidence that she could make a difference in the world.

Not often do we get an opprotunity to help other homeschoolers!

But one has come up recently.....

We have been organizing to help a large homeschooling group in Puerto Rico., who have been hard hit by the recent hurricane.  We call our project Kits for Kids - Puerto Rico.


This large homeschool group connected to Happy Teens Homeschool, has 140 kids who are struggling there, with the aftermath of the hurricane. Most of these families have no electicity, water is scarce, and they are also in need of basic supplies.

I met this group through my blog, BJ's Homeschool. They have been regular readers of my blog for years. The first shipments have gone out to about 60 of the kids so far. And they have been thrilled!
We hope to reach the rest of them soon.

There are 80 more kids who have not gotten a kit from us. $8.00 would buy a basic supply kit for one of these waiting children.

Each kit includes:

-antibacterial soap
-small towel
-hat for warmth at night
-flashlight and batteries
-small game from dollar store
-art tablet from dollar store
-crayons or pencils
-protein bar


Now they have essentials and also supplies to do school with draw, play games, etc. While waiting for power, running water to return, etc.  (This video was taken in daytime.)  Getting basic supplies is a problem with the power being out, stores are not open.


Some of the donations went directly to Florida, where your kits were assembled, then sent on to Puerto Rico, to save shipping costs. 

Below is one more thankful kid, who just got his kit:

Donations can be sent to our Florida contact at:

Wanda Andino
980 E Church St E-305
Bartow, Fl.  33830

She will be making up the kits to save on shipping.

Or, send a donation to Paypal, to allow me to make up more kits:

PAYPAL - Betsy Sproger


Betsy Sproger
Writer/Owner - BJ's Homeschool

AND Especially from:

Puerto Rico Homeschool Group Leader
Galactic Academy
John Maxson under Eric Santos

Here is the background information on the situation for this homeschool group in Puerto Rico:
>>>"Thank you for asking . It's pretty bad here 😞  Not everything is being reported here . At least personally I have no water , electric. Some might have after a month some water . Deaths aren't being reported in our experience like they should be . For example , in our group one of the grandparents already passed away and it's not counted as because of hurricane Maria but we think it should because he was a dialysis patient. Hospitals are working as hard as they could . They now have electricity by generator but sometimes they go down . Diabetics have it hard too because the insulin has to be kept cold .
>>>Can't imagine other conditions. The help is real slow here . Fema didn't bring enough tarps so they were buying at the beginning what they could at Home Depot etc . At one place the line just for ice was about 500 people . Thank you again for asking about us . It really means a lot to us Betsy . You have warmed my heart which has been hurting with how some of our family's in the group have been.
>>>One mayor had palettes of food get ruined and dumped them in trash bins while people needed . Another mom in the group her family sent I guess special milk for her newborn and when she got the box by mail it had been opened and they had taken the milk .
>>>They personally know the address of about 140 of the kids in the group, and some of them in the photo attached. 
The group leader says "Hope you love the idea . It's a box of hope ❤"
Thank you again,

At the service of the Galactic Academy (Group Leader, Puerto Rico)
John Maxson under Eric Santos

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Betsy is mom to her now college senior, whom she homeschooled from day one. She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting
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