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Get Involved Locally | Smiles for Latin America

Get Involved Locally

Our humanitarian teams work all year long making and collecting humanitarian supplies to take with us to Latin America. Our humanitarian supplies are used for service projects in orphanages, children’s cancer hospitals, maternity hospitals, and for families in need.

Eagle Scouts, women’s organizations, youth groups, service organizations, and families enjoy helping us collect and create all sorts of humanitarian supplies. Projects include making quilts; sewing newborn receiving blankets, booties, and gowns for newborn kits; putting together newborn kits, hygiene kits, and school kits; and gathering missionary clothing and other supplies.

Would you like to get involved with Smiles for Central America at the local level?

We welcome your contributions! The items listed below are supplies we always need, as we take them on every expedition. Click on each one for more details.

We also welcome your creativity. If your group has an idea for a new project, please let us know. We will tell you if it is something we can use.


  • Baby quilts
  • Twin size  quilts
  • Full size quilts
  • Cotton quilting fabric by the yard
  • Quilt batting

Fleece Blankets

  • The full width of the fabric by 1.5 yards.

Newborn, Hygiene, and School Kits

We recommend buying the supplies for these kits from Mandalay International. Mandalay buys their products directly from foreign factories and imports them at fantastic prices, all with the purpose of stocking humanitarian kits. Visit their website at www.humanitarianproducts.com.

We also welcome large quantities of single items. For instance, during August and September, school supplies can be found at a significant discount. We serve orphanages which function as schools, and can use large quantities of items such as crayons, markers, glue, construction paper, pencils, paper, scissors, art supplies, stickers, and other craft supplies.

You may also sew and put together your own kits. Please follow these guidelines.

Newborn Kits

Suggested quantities:

  • 1- Finished Receiving Blanket
  • 4- Diaper Pins
  • 4- Flat Cloth Diapers
  • 1- Gown
  • 2- Infant Soap
  • 1- pair of Infant Socks
  • 1- 2 Gallon Zipper Seal Storage Bags

Hygiene Kits

Suggested quantities:

  • 2- Combs

  • 4- Toothbrushes

  • 1- Toothpaste

  • 2- Soap

  • 2- Hand Towels

  • 1- 1 Gallon Zipper Seal Plastic Storage Bag

School Kits

Suggested Quantities:

  • 1- Handle Book Bag
  • 3- 150 Sheet Notebooks (450 sheets total)
  • 1- box Crayons
  • 1- pair of  Scissors
  • 4- Pencils
  • 1- Pencil Sharpener
  • 1- Eraser
  • 1- Ruler
  • 1- Colored Pencil Box (12 each)


These must be NEW:

  • Small toys, such as cars or dolls
  • Small stuffed animals