Our founder, Paul Weiss said that when he started this work, he thought that his job was to fill the bellies of the poor. He soon realized that it was really to warm the hearts of the rich. We make it our job to bring as many volunteers with us to care for and meet the children and see the conditions facing them. Bringing our worlds together is key to opening eyes and hearts and creating new “life partners” for the children.
Over three decades, over 100,000 volunteers have created hope by providing help to tens of thousands of poor children. Twenty thousand people have worked with us in Mexico alone, and since the beginning, our work has been marked by, interfaith cooperation, concern for children everywhere, and a positive view of the future.
During this time, with the help of our volunteers, we have managed to raise well over $10 million for kids. In 1994 we started building an international network that embraced inner-city kids in the DC area. In 2000 we moved our office to Orange, CA expanding our reach across the North American continent. In 2013 we are expanding in another vibrant, but severely underserved area – New York City. Our office will open there in the first quarter of 2013.
What Kids Need
To meet the needs of our mission to the kids, we always need:
• dry breakfast foods
• personal hygiene products
• school supplies, computers, software
• teachers’ supplies and equipment
• construction materials
• skilled/unskilled construction labor
• cooking equipment and appliances, refrigeration
• work vehicles such as vans and trucks
• childrens’ clothing, shoes, blankets
• toys at Christmas time
• cash for scholarships, food, and other expenses
If you can help the children by providing any of these items, please contact us and let us know. Even if you’re in a location away from the border, we have a shipper working with us, so shipment may be possible at no cost to you.