Post by Mai
We are in the final two weeks of getting everything together for the trip to Sri Lanka. We have had a few hiccups but nothing that isn't surmountable. The biggest challenge is when we initially registered with the IRS in 2016 we were classified as a "Private Foundation." We never thought anything of it, but that meant we couldn't get donations and grants from large corporations. Upon registering with Benevity for grants they pointed out the problem, so we are making the quick changes with the IRS. The woman at the IRS was really helpful and she said this happens all the time and it isn't a problem to change at all. Filled out a few forms and sending them FedEx today. Thank goodness!
Supply Drive Updates
Western Digital - The supply drive is scheduled, and the volunteers are ready to help pack everything up on June 28th. I am working on getting boxes donated, but I already have the rest of the packing materials needed to make mini first-aid kits.
Devin Hinson & Riverside High School - Devin is bringing out the supplies from the drive she held at Riverside High School in the spring. She arrives tomorrow, so I am both excited to see her and appreciative for all of her hard work for Hearts for Hearts.
Medline - They have partnered with Project C.U.R.E. to help manage their medical supplies when donating them to non-profits. They have mini first aid kits that will be donated and shipped to us before we leave on July 6th.
Orange Theory Ranch Santa Margarita - The supplies have piled up and one of our volunteers will pick them up today to sort through over the weekend.
St. John's Episcopal School - They collected a full carload of medical supplies for the foundation. I love the St. John's community because they teach the students from kindergarten on to give back to others. I was at SJES for eight years, and we were always doing something to help others whether it was water for Honduras, Joy Jars, donations for Marines coming home and more. They instilled in me the value of caring for others.
More updates to follow.