Hi... As a member and sponsor of the nonprofit organization, Bookbag
Santa, Inc. I'd like to invite you to read about this unique group of people who each year bring a ton of school supplies
to Belize. Please read about them below and consider helping them with a small donation.
WHAT IS BOOKBAG SANTA?
Almost 20 years ago, the germ
of an idea occurred to the founder & president of Bookbag Santa, Gary Hunt. A former Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa,
and a long-time volunteer at Roanoke's Ronald McDonald House, Gary was appalled at the waste that happens at every school
in America at the end of the school year. What if all the pens, pencils, rulers, and paper that get thrown out could be put
in a collection box, instead of the trash...
Then, the good stuff could be donated to poor kids ? It's as simple as
that... plus, don't forget the opportunity to join a group of 20 people, each of whom brings 100 pounds of supplies on the
plane. The people in the villages that we go to, know that the reason we're there is because we're doing something for their
kids... and they show their appreciation with discounts, cheap rates at the hotel, and invitations to events like dinner at
the home of the school principal...
not only takes supplies to 3 little schools in Belize, but we donate supplies to churches and other groups who have their
own projects in Mexico, Haiti, Sudan, el Salvador- and the U.S. ! Supplies have gone to local charities in Roanoke, Virginia,
the Military Family Support Group, and Native American schools in South Dakota.
New for 2010, we will be offering a "scholarship" to a graduating
senior with good grades, and a history of community service, like volunteering at the Red cross or Ronald McDonald House-
or collecting supplies for us at his or her school. The lucky senior will get a free trip to Belize to help deliver supplies-
what a great graduation present!
-Gary Hunt, President/Founder, Bookbag Santa, Inc.
Please View The Short News Clip About Us And Make A Donation To The
Bookbag Santa's School Buses To Belize Project.
HOW TO DONATE... By clicking on the Donate Logo you can quickly and securely make a donation using your credit card via
the PayPal Member service. However, for those who would like to make a donation by check via regular mail please make
the check payable to: Bookbag Santa Inc. and mail it to:
Bookbag Santa Inc.
C/O Gary Hunt, President
1207a McDowell Ave. NE
Roanoke, VA 24012
Belize Has Many Wonderful Schools...
You Can Help With A Small Donation.
Gulisi Primary School in Dangriga, Belize
Your Donation Will Help The Students Of This School.
Bladen School ... Belize
You Can Help Schools Like This With Just A Small Donation.
COVER OF THE BOOKBAG SANTA BROCHURE.
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INSIDE PAGE OF BOOKBAG SANTA BROCHURE.
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THE 2010 BOOKBAG SANTA TRIP TO BELIZE HAS BEEN MADE AND THIS GROUP BROUGHT 2000 POUNDS
OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO BELIZE FOR DISTRIBUTION AMONG SOME PRIMARY SCHOOL WITHIN THE STANN CREEK DISTRICT. CONGRATULATIONS
TO ANOTHER JOB WELL DONE!
Calypso Bertrand who's CD, "What We Belize
In" has been a favorite among those who have been to Belize, has been selected to be the official musician for Bookbag
Santa Inc. This nonprofit organization helps schools in Belize by collecting school supplies and taking them to Belize
each year. Please visit the Bookbag Santa Website if you are interested in helping this organization with a donation.