PLEASE CLEAN OUT THOSE CLOSETS AND DRAWERS!!! Then bring everything to the very, very poor here in our area of Mexico. It is needed. Did you know a comb… a comb… is a luxury in a small mountain village! How many old pairs of glasses, reading, vision, out of prescription, do you have? Don’t know what to do with them? Please bring them here to La Peñita. Someone may be able to use them even if for a few minutes to SEE a picture of their grandchild that lives far away, or help read the label off a can of food. You can’t believe the need.

Do you want to help? SO MANY OF YOU DO CONSTANTLY! There is not enough THANK YOU’S TO TELL YOU! The stuff you will throw away will be used and used and used again here in these poor communities. Please don’t let the challenges of getting some of those thing here, stop you. Vicky’s Dispensary needs EVERYTHING.

What is Needed

All School Supplies: Notebooks, pencils, pens, scissors, crayons, colored pencils, sharpeners, erasers, colored paper, coloring books, glue, clay, rulers and compasses.

Recreation, All Ages: Balls of any kind (soccer, volleyball, softball), bats, nets and goals. Playing cards, dominoes, puzzles, flash card games, toys, dolls, G.I. Joes… all the toys your kids and grandkids DON’T WANT. They will Love them here.

Clothing: Everything and every age. Young boys and girls underpants. Shoes, every size and kind… shoes and more shoes! Shirts, pants, sweatshirts, hoodies and jackets… it gets cold here too! EVERYTHING YOU CAN’T WEAR, WON’T AND DIDN’T, even if it is well used, please bring.

Medical Equipment: Wheelchairs, walkers, toilet seats, crutches, eyeglasses, baby baths, slings for arms and wraps. Anything in this area is so needed.

Medicine: This is tricky, but this is Mexico. No outdated medication please. Vitamins including children’s chewables, pain relievers, cough syrups. bandaids, cotton gauze, antiseptics, creams, soaps and shampoos. If you think it can help and it is extra to you… it will be a wonderful gift to people who have so very little.

Groceries: We understand that most of this list you would not fly or drive down. But with a donation, it can be purchased here.

How to Help

If you don’t know Vicky, here is a brief history. I met Vicky through Bob Howell 9 years ago, as we took food and clothing up into the mountains. I will never forget that day. THE NEED. Together Bob, a retired Marine, and Vicky, a now retired Nurse born in Puebla, Mexico committed to help the poor and established a dispensary of needed goods. Everything from coloring books to medical equipment for the poor, poor communities in the local region… 27 COMMUNITIES IN TOTAL! She goes out on a schedule to these villages, and teaches everything from brushing your teeth to childbirth. But she needs the toothbrushes and diapers.

Their dream was to create many of these dispensaries throughout Nayarit and Mexico.

Life is the Life. Bob passed away of Cancer in 2007. Vicky wants to carry on, but she needs our help! Her dispensary, is dispensed. More donations of almost anything will help.

The airlines have limited us to some degree. But if from the list above you can BRING IT – of if YOU ARE DRIVING and can make it fit. I hope your heart will be as enriched as mine to contribute to this outreach that is so much needed. THANK YOU.

To learn more, visit Vicky’s Dispensary.

The young boy in the last two photos is Leonardo de Jesus (age 4), Vicky’s grandson (Brenda’s son). He is now 9 years old.

by Sarah Walker • Updated October 8, 2013 

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15 replies
  1. Jan Fraser
    Jan Fraser says:

    Is there an address in Guyabitos or La Penita where donations can be dropped off. We are coming back in the New Year and may have room in our luggage to bring some supplies. We rent an apartment in Guyabitos.

    • Sarah
      Sarah says:

      Hi Jan,
      This is Sarah. I am giving you my cell phone. When you get here please call..until you get me. I WILL BE HAPPY TO COME AND PICK UP FROM YOU. (045) from a land line. 322-105-1552.
      We are trying as the season gets closer to set DROP OFF DAYS AT THE DISPENCERY, as well.

  2. Allyson Williams
    Allyson Williams says:

    Jan, it’s best to contact Vicky directly (by clicking on the “Vicky’s Dispensary” link above) to arrange for a drop-off time and place.

  3. Diane Béland
    Diane Béland says:

    Actually in Lo de Marcos and looking to find the address to bring clothes. I would like to bring it as soon as possible.

  4. Dave & Lorraine Jones
    Dave & Lorraine Jones says:

    We have come to Guayabitos for the last four winters and wish to give back in some way to the community which we very much enjoy. We have collected a number of disguarded eyeglasses in our community to donate to your organization. We will drop off when we arrive early in the new year and would like to discuss with you what is on your priority list for supplies. See you soon. Dave & Lorraine Jones.

  5. Marlene Kantz
    Marlene Kantz says:

    We are coming Jan 16 from Canada and have a suitcase full of supplies to donate. How do we get them to you? We are staying in Guayabitos. Please advise how to get you the supplies.
    Thank you
    Marlene and Brian Kantz

      • Marlene Kantz
        Marlene Kantz says:

        I have sent two emails there and never get a reply. Do you know an address I can drop it off or I may just donate it to the Kinderade street dance at Petra’s if I don’t hear back.
        Thanks for your reply

        • Marlene Kantz
          Marlene Kantz says:

          Vicky and her lovely daughter met us at our bungalow to pick up the suitcase of supplies we brought for the dispensary. Her work brought tears to my eyes when she showed is pictures and detailed some of the wonderful things she is able to do for the needy through donations, like a new computer for a small school village bought with donations from tourists she saved. I belong to the Summerland, B.C. First Mates Club and several more of my gal pals from the club are coming end of January with more donations. Thank you Vicky – hope to see you again real soon.

  6. Jay
    Jay says:

    You have touched my heart. My wife and I will be visiting at the end of February 2013. We will bring with us as many supplies as we are able to. I would absolutely love to spend a morning with you watching and participating as you enrich the lives of the people you care for so much. Please get back to me, and let me know as to what you need the most. I look forward to hearing back from you.


    • Jay
      Jay says:

      Hello Again

      Unfortunatly we have had to cancel our trip at the end of the month due to unforeseen circumstances. We will be trying to come at a later date…I will get in contact with you as to when we are coming..


  7. Barbara Brown
    Barbara Brown says:

    We are coming to spend two weeks at Rincon. I would like to bring some donations with me. What articles are needed the most? We arrive on February 16th.
    Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from you and to make arrangements to get our donations to you.

  8. Diana Wright
    Diana Wright says:

    Hola Vicky,
    My husband and i have been coming to Rincon de Guayabitos for several years. After reading of your work we have brought some donations with us this year. Things like school supplies, reading glasses, etc. Our friends also have a bag of donations they have left with us to get to you.
    We are staying at Brisamar Bungalows till March 18th.
    Would you please let me know where we can drop off these supplies.
    We would love to meet you. Keep up the good work.

  9. Patty Schemenauer
    Patty Schemenauer says:

    Just to let everyone know – WestJet allows one humanitarian suitcase per person at no extra charge. Just let them know before your travel date as they only allow so many per flight. My husband and I plan on bringing as much as possible every time we fly to Mexico.

  10. Sandy Funk
    Sandy Funk says:

    Something needs to be done to make it easier to find & get supplies to Vicki. I have sent 2 emails with no response. No one seems to have any answer for me. People want to help but can’t. It makes me sad.


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