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PV Garden Club Asks You to Support Those in Need

June 16, 2020

Times are very, very hard for many families in PV who have lost jobs or support due to the virus and shut down. Food Banks are reporting "donor fatigue" with support dropping as the need is expanding.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The Puerto Vallarta Garden Club supports not only a more beautiful, clean and verdant city, but is also making it more attractive to tourism, thus creating a vibrant economy to support all the other great causes in Puerto Vallarta. Here's the latest news from the PVGC:

Dear Members and Friends,

We hope this note finds you well and positive. The seasonal rains have started and our gardens are in bloom.

Times are very, very hard for many families in PV and nearby towns who have lost jobs or support due to the virus and shut down. A few more restaurants and stores are open, but customers are scarce.

The local Food Banks are all reporting "donor fatigue" and support has been dropping as the need is actually expanding.

Please consider contributing to a food relief program or charity. There are lots of great groups that you can find on FaceBook. The four organizations noted below have well-known sponsors and are supported by fellow Club members and others in the community.

Vallarta Food Bank: This large-scale effort was organized by Francie Nguyen, owner of Bonito Kitchen & Bar. Their goal is to serve 3,000 families with weekly food packs, including boat deliveries to Quimixto. For general information and five ways to donate, check out their Facebook page or the website.

Volcanes Kids Education Project (VKEP): This long-time education outreach program in a very poor neighborhood has redirected its work to provide food for local families. For more information and to donate, visit volcanesproject.com.

Supplies for Families in Need Puerto Vallarta: Paul Crist, owner of Hotel Mercurio and long-time patron of the Garden Club, organized this outreach program targeting marginalized groups and areas. They provide healthy food, hygiene products, baby diapers and masks. To learn more and to donate, go to the campaign's Go Fund Me page.

Vallarta Abuelos: This well-established group has supported educational and cultural projects for at-risk children since 2018. They are now providing food packets to families in the Col. 5 de Diciembre neighborhood. Vallarta Abuelos is a 501c3 US-registered charity. Donations may be made through Paypal to vallartaabuelos@outlook.com. For more information send a message to Anne Marie Weiss-Armush via her Facebook page.

Thank you for your membership, friendship, and support.
John McKinney, Puerto Vallarta Garden Club

The Garden Club is a registered non-profit organization in Mexico that's devoted to enhancing the beauty, appeal and value of Puerto Vallarta through vibrant public landscaping. We also offer educational presentations on topics of interest to our many members, as well as host wonderful social events each year for like-minded residents and visitors. For more information, 'Friend' us on Facebook or visit vallartagardenclub.com.