Thanks School Supply Sorters, First Container Has Arrived

Thanks School Supply Sorters

Thank you to everyone that helped out at Mano a Mano last night sorting donated school supplies! These supplies will be shipped to Bolivia, where they are distributed to Mano a Mano projects and other organizations working with those in need – for example, these 10 boxes of supplies that were given to the school in Bombeo last week.

Thanks to everyone that volunteered at Mano a Mano last night.

Thanks to everyone that volunteered at Mano a Mano last night!

First Container Has Arrived at Mano a Mano Warehouse

This morning, the first container arrived at the Mano a Mano warehouse. This is one of 4 containers that will be loaded with more than 80,000 pounds of supplies – ranging from medical supplies like gloves and hospital linens, to school supplies (including the supplies packed last night) like crayons and notebooks, to orthopedic supplies like crutches and wheelchairs, to many other items – that will be distributed throughout Bolivia to people in need.

First container arriving at Mano a Mano on Wednesday morning, JUne 1st, 2016.

First container arriving at Mano a Mano on Wednesday morning, June 1st, 2016.

Help Load Containers June 2nd-4th – Volunteer Information

Please read the information below if you are interested in helping out. We hope to see you there!

  • WHERE – Mano a Mano Office/Warehouse. 925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104.
  • WHEN – June 2-4. You are welcome to come for as short or as long as you are able.
    • Thursday June 2, 9a-4p (two shifts: 9a-noon and 1-4p, with a 1-hour break from 12-1p)
    • Friday June 3, 9a-4p (two shifts: 9a-noon and 1-4p, with a 1-hour break from 12-1p)
    • Saturday June 4, 9a-noon (or until done)
  • WHAT – preparing supplies for shipment (taping, selecting supplies to be sent, moving supplies around the warehouse in preparation for loading, inventorying and labeling supplies) and loading containers (filling the 40-foot containers with supplies; we do not waste any space!).
  • THINGS TO BRING/BE AWARE OF – please wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the weather and working in a warehouse space (closed-toe shoes, clothes you’re comfortable getting a bit dirty, heavy duty gloves if you plan on loading).
  • PLEASE RSVP if you plan on coming – carmen@manoamano.org. We really appreciate RSVPs; we don’t want to be too crowded at any point. Feel free to contact Carmen (carmen@manoamano.org or 651-457-3141) if you have any questions.
Mano a Mano staff & volunteers unloading supplies in Bolivia, March 2016 from our last container shipment in September.

Mano a Mano staff & volunteers unloading supplies in Bolivia, March 2016 from our last container shipment in September.

Information about Mano a Mano’s Surplus Distribution Program

Our surplus distribution program is the program that started Mano a Mano more than 20 years ago; the program focuses on collecting supplies in the Twin Cities area and distributing them in Bolivia.  You can learn more about the surplus distribution program at any of the following links:



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