Thank you for inquiring as to what donations you can bring with you.  Below are a list of needed donations for the Dominican Republic.

If you are planning on involving people in your network to make a difference with you, we encourage you to invite them to be financial donors, as well as to donate supplies.  Funds provide the most flexibility in meeting current needs. Suggested use of the funds are for:

Please remember that all donations need to be brought with you in your checked suitcase(s).  Sending supplies to the Dominican Republic is expensive; the funds used to ship things could probably be better used in-country.

If you receive donations of supplies beyond what you can bring with you, we encourage you to prioritize your donations, and to donate the extra to a good local charity. Or conduct a yard sale, and convert the extra donations into needed cash. Of course you should let the people who donated supplies know if you are doing something other than bringing them with you on your trip.

Thank you!

Food (highest priority)

Items that are expensive or unavailable in-country; for use by volunteers

  • PEANUT BUTTER (Please Note: TSA considers peanut butter and jellies/jams as liquids. If you plan on bringing them, please make sure that they are packed in checked luggage.)
  • JELLY AND JAM (TSA considers jelly and jam as liquids.  Please pack in your checked luggage.)
  • Pancake Mix – no eggs required
  • Syrup
  • Cake Mix/Brownie Mix (& cake frosting)
  • Mexican Salsa
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Powdered Gatorade Mix

Non-Food Items (highest priority)

  • Spanish Children’s Books
  • Baseballs and Softballs, Gloves (Please no batting helmets or catcher’s gear)
  • Soccer Balls
  • Composition Books
  • Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Liquid Hand Soap

Household Items

  • HAND SANITIZER (Large bottles with pump)
  • Clothes pins
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Thermometer
  • Bug repellant

Medical Needs

  • Aloe
  • Pepto-bismol
  • Blister bands
  • Band Aids- Multiple sizes
  • Kleenex
  • Tylenol – Advil – Midol
  • First Aid Cream
  • Anti-Inch Cream
  • Cold Medicine
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Anit-Diaretic
  • Thermometer
  • Tums

School Supplies

  • Plastic hanging name tag holders/badges (see here)
  • Composition books (every student gets one!)
  • Dividers for filing cabinet (used for our student records)
  • Child friendly scissors (regular not decorative cutting)
  • Small white boards
  • Construction paper
  • Poster paper
  • Three ring hole punchers
  • Sturdy strong magnets

Educational Needs

  • Spanish Children’s Books – Highest Priority
  • Guitar Strings
  • G or PG rated DVD’s with Spanish language track
  • Colored paper
  • Copy paper
  • Arts and Crafts Supplies
  • Multi-lingual games
  • Working notebook computers
  • Small whiteboards
  • Whiteboard Markers & Whiteboard cleaner (spray)
  • Notebooks: sturdy and bound (NO spiral)
  • Nametags
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Friendship bracelet making (non-elastic) supplies
  • Bilingual Books for Children (Spanish-English)
  • Super large children’s books in Spanish to read aloud to a large group of kids

Sports and Recreation

  • Baseballs
  • Baseball Gloves (Please no batting helmets, catcher’s gear)
  • Volleyballs
  • Kickballs
  • Basketballs
  • Basketball nets
  • Ball pumps
  • Needles for ball pumps
  • Cones
  • Jump Ropes – Various Sizes
  • Beach balls

Camp Supplies

  • Baseballs and Softballs
  • Bats and Gloves
  • Soccer Balls
  • Balloons
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Tooth Picks
  • Feathers
  • Beads
  • Paints – water color, acrylic, or washable tempera paint
  • Sponges (shapes for painting)
  • Paint brushes
  • Straws
  • Bobby Pins
  • Rubber Bands
  • World Maps
  • Science Experiments

Please DO NOT bring the following:

  • Coloring Crayons
  • Jig-saw puzzles
  • Stuffed animals
  • Heavy sweaters
  • Candy
  • Gum
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Balloons
  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Nail polish
  • Paperclips
  • 3 ring binders
  • Non-bound spiral notebooks