Cheryl’s Shoebox – More Than Just Shoes

Cheryl’s Shoebox is much more than shoes! Over the last few years we have helped dozens of programs with educational supplies, basic need supplies, clothing and yes shoes. We were recently informed that several families with Atención a niños con Cancer, Canicas Center were in dire need of new beds. Cheryl’s Shoebox jumped to action. We were able to purchase one matrimonial bed and 2 twin beds including new sheets and pillows. Carolina, with SuperColchones in Plaza Caracol, was exceedingly helpful in assisting us with choosing good quality mattresses at a very reasonable price. Thank you to Pam Thompson-Webb and Aurora de la Torre, with the local rotary club, for helping us help others. Special thanks to our recent donors David and Jim , Ute Gatesman Nevara, Tim Douglas as well as Cathy and Dan McMenamin as well as Pam Thompson-Webb for advising us where the most dire needs in our community exists. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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El Nogalito Community Center Project

Once again the wonderful community of Puerto Vallarta has come together to assist the children of Mexico. Cheryl’s Shoebox learned of an ongoing community project in El Nogalito in need of soccer shoes for an after school program that teaches English. Cheryl’s Shoebox was happy to contribute to the program with over 40 pairs soccer shoes that have recently collected through our drop off boxes.   A big thank you to Dean & Leslie Regehr for organizing,  collecting and delivering soccer shoes to the community center as well as several online donations we have received to purchase the remaining shoes. El Nogalito is a small town located five miles south of Puerto Vallarta about a mile off the main highway to Boca de Tomatlan. There are approximately 150 homes there, with one primary school. Most of the families there are economically challenged and being far from town, are somewhat isolated.   The Community Center Project strives to help those families and children by teaching English, organizing games, and encouraging activities at the Community Center. Their goal is to continue to improve the Community Center, bring awareness to the children and help improve their education and future opportunities.   The kindergarten had been abandoned for about five years and through the help of wonderful people we have gotten it back up and running, fixing the doors and painting and fixing screens and pulling weeds… Children attend english classes Monday through Wednesday and soccer practice on Thursdays. ~Leslie Hyland, Charity Director   The soccer team has organized its first game against Boca and Las Juntas in the upcoming weeks. For additional information and an opportunity to donate directly  visit http://elnogalitopuertovallarta.org/ and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CharityPuertoVallarta/ El Nogalito Community Center Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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El Colorado After School Program – January 2018

On January 16th Cheryl’s Shoebox and a team of enthusiastic volunteers headed out to the colonia of El Colorado. This is our 4th year working with this after school program in the El Colorado. This program ranges in 4 – 15 years of age and focuses on teaching english, proper manners and help with regular school work. The program has approximately 75 students. The students were polite and sweet as ever as we handed out the shoes after a special lunch and some singing / games. Special thank you to our volunteers this day (Virgil Salzman, Jim Lucas, and David S. Anderson) for your assistance and Marcus Van Groeningen and the clientele of Reinas Bar  for providing over 90% of the shoes this year. You will see the thank you notes from the students in the gallery below. We love working with El Colorado and look forward to many more years of teamwork and educating the future of Mexico. El Colorado - Photos - January 2018 Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Boca de Tomatlán – Basketballs and Education – January 2018

Cheryl’s Shoebox is happy to announce that we are working with a new educational program in Boca de Tomatlán. The after school English program combines education with sports and headed up by Cynthia Leigh. 24 Basketballs were purchased for use by the program as well as school supplies for the educational program.     Boca de Tomatlán - Photos Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Another Quimixto Christmas

For the 5th year in a row Cheryl’s Shoebox was able to participate in Christmas in Quimixto organized by Marcy McCann. Legend has it Marcy adopted the kids of Quimixto a small fishing village on the south shore of Banderas Bay 30 years ago and has been providing Christmas gifts yearly with the help of dozens of Elfin and many donors. This year all the tennis shoes given out were a small portion of the shoes donated from Marcus Van Groeningen and the clientele of Reinas Bar collected during the month of December. Over the years the support Marcy has given has evolved into Scholarship Programs as well as Education and Health support. Scholarships via the BECAS Organization (http://becasvallarta.com) are provided to the children of Quimixto so that they can continue their education into Secondary Schooling. Money and supplies are also donated to the mini medical center in Quimixto and to the new Medical/Dental Center in Boca de Tomatlan. This annual event is as fun for the volunteers as is it for the families and kids Quimixto. Quimixto 2018 - Photos Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Happy New Year from Cheryl’s Shoebox – 2017 Christmas Album

Happy New Year to all our friends and Family in Puerto Vallarta and around the world. Our final work in 2017 was Christmas Morning to help distribute over 300 pairs of shoes to children and families living in the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta. Over 2000 people came to this Christmas event with many organizations  distributing toys, soccer balls, clothing, food and more! A special thank you to Freda Thompson for her hard work on this yearly event.   As the new year renews all the happiness and good tidings, hope the joyful spirit keeps glowing in your heart forever! Happy New Year! -The team from Cheryl’s Shoebox   Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Gracias Joanne

Thank you Joanne Edling-Rosales for your suitcase full of flip flops! It was a pleasure meeting you and hope you had a wonderful time in Puerto Vallarta..   Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Thank You Kathy!

A big thank you to Kathy Baker for your donation to Cheryl’s Shoebox. Your generosity will go a long way as we get ready for this Christmas Season and make our plans for 2018! Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Gracias Bar Frida!

A great big hug to Tom and Luis and the wonderful staff from Bar Frida!  Along with collecting toys for kids every Christmas in the bar they have also made a donation to Cheryl’s Shoebox. We are grateful for such a wonderful giving community here in Puerto Vallarta. https://www.facebook.com/barfrida/ Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Spreading Christmas Cheer

Thank you to David Wilhoit, Jim Davis and their wonderful friends who have sent several bags of shoes and a cash donation. David and Jim continue to support Cheryl’s Shoebox yearly and happy to have them part of the Cheryl’s Shoebox Family. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Attitudes of Gratitude – The JG Group

A wonderful night was had by all November 25th as Julie Guerrero and Dean McConkey hosted a cocktail party “Attitudes of Gratitude“ for friends and guests visiting Puerto Vallarta at Casita Vida in Emiliano Zapata. Guests were encouraged to bring a donation to support Cheryl’s Shoebox’s ongoing commitment to assist children and families in need across the bay area. A total of $3,450 pesos was raised as guests enjoyed hand made tortilla tacos , music and cheer. We cannot thank you enough for an amazing night of friends, fun, amazing taquiza and just a few cocktails. Our cup runneth over with the energy of new and returning friends sharing attitudes of gratitude. We’re happy to share that Cheryl’s Shoe Box receives $3,450 pesos from your generosity. Gracias! Have a wonderful Sunday. Safe travels to all who leave us until the next time. Please keep in touch! ~ Julie Guerrero Facebook Big hugs to the JG Group and all our friends for a wonderful evening of Thanks and Gratitude.   Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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3 Days of Thanks In Progreso, Lomas de Enmedio & El Satrillo

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends! Cheryl’s Shoebox has been quite busy the last 2 weeks and we would like to give thanks to our our friends and supporters who allow us to do what we do. Over a 3 day period last week we were able to provide 240 children with gifts of socks, underwear and undershirts as well as notebooks and pencils.  Pastor Mario Stantillan and Ron Almsted of the Perota colonia who we have worked with now for several years organized 3 days of giving throughout the colonias of Progreso, Lomas de Enmedio & El Satrillo.  Singing and dancing along with a taco feast for everyone followed the distribution of the care packages.  It was wonderful to see the reaction of the kids with something as simple as underwear and socks. Again we wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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The JG Group Delivers with Tacos and Shoes!

A big thank you to Julie Guerrero, Dean McConkey and the entire team at The JG Group: Vallarta Real Estate Advisors for choosing Cheryl’s Shoebox as the recipient of donations for their fabulous Taco & Cocktail Party celebrating the arrival of the Atlantis Cruise Ship on October 17th.  Guest were encouraged to donate shoes and underwear while enjoying amazing tacos & live music. A cash donation of $150 dollars, underwear for out Progresso/ Perota student project, tennis shoes for El Colorado school and shoes for the Banderas Bay Women’s Shelter were donated that evening.  Just a reminder its easy to encourage your guests to donate to any of your favorite Puerto Vallarta charities over the upcoming holiday season.      Thank you Julie and Dean for a great party and thinking of us as you celebrate. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Thank You For Your Online Donations!

Big hugs to our long time supporters Bert and Cindy Ramirez for your online Donation. We also received a first time donation from Don W. Don thanks for your support from Canada and your well wishes to Cheryl’s Shoebox. Much love to all. 🙂 Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Thank you Angela! Just in time for the new school year.

Thank you Angela Kelleher for your donation of teacher supplies!  Just in time for the school year we will make sure these get out to the teachers at various schools we work with. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Submit Your Team for Cheryl’s Shoebox Summer Bash!

Join us for a fun summer afternoon at Babel Bar on the Isla Cuale for game, music and more!   We are now accepting sponsorship’s for our Annual Summer Bash where  you and your team of 4 people could win The Cheryl’s Shoebox Summer Bash Traveling Trophy! Highlights of the 2016 Summer Bash Competition Who Can sponsor? Everyone! Your team can be an individual name, business name or company.   How much is sponsorship? For as little as $1000 pesos you can submit your team of 4. We have 4 levels of sponsorship available. See Details Below.   Will we get cooled off on a hot summer afternoon? Most likely!  We are stocking up on water balloons.   Where will the money go? Our Annual Summer Bash does cover a majority of our expenses during the school year. School Shoes and School Supplies are regularly purchased by Cheryl’s Shoebox year round as well as specific items required by groups, families and individuals requiring assistance. How do i sign up? Contact us by email to summerbash@cherylsshoebox.org  or fill out our online Team Sponsor Form   Please let us know if you will be sponsoring and adding a team by August 1st, 2017   CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE SIGNUP FORM   Platinum: 3000 MXN – SPONSOR LOGO ON BANNER Includes 4 admission tickets for competitive team and logo placement* on sponsor banner Gold: 2000 MXN – SPONSOR NAME ON BANNER Includes 3 admission tickets for competitive team Silver: 1500 MXN – SPONSOR NAME ON BANNER Includes 2 admission tickets for competitive team Bronze: 1000 MXN – SPONSOR NAME ON BANNER Includes 1 admission ticket * Platinum sponsor’s high quality logos are required to be sent by email to summerbash@CherylsShoebox.org by August 1st, 2017   Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Thanks Ben!

Thank you  Ben W. for your generous donation. It will go a long way to help fund educational expenses and family living needs. It was great to see you in Puerto Vallarta and look forward to your return! Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Happy 50th Chris Danner!

A huge thank you to Chris Danner and congratulations on your 50th Birthday! Chris held a 3 day birthday party June 8th – 10th  with more than 70 friends and family traveling  to  Puerto Vallarta for a celebration that will not be forgotten soon. At an event hosted at the Botanical Gardens, Chris collected more than $15,000 Pesos from auctions and collections that were then shared between Cheryl’s Shoebox and the Jardín Botánico De Vallarta. A great time was had by all and we thank you Chris and proud to have you as one of our biggest supporters. Learn more about  Cheryl’s Shoebox and Jardín Botánico De Vallarta by clicking the links. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Cheryl’s Shoebox and Brighter Future Building Communities

It is a great feeling when people reach out to Cheryl’s Shoebox for assistance and we are able to help. Last week we worked with “Brighter Future Building Communities” to supply migrant farm workers and their families working in and around Punte Perala with shoes, soccer balls, and clothing. Cheryl’s shoebox donated 43 pairs of custom fit new Huaraches (sturdy leather work shoes) and about 50 pairs of used shoes. Freda Thompson donated new clothing and soccer balls and Tammy Carruthers Prust from Nacho Daddy Restaurant supplied new underwear and clothing. A great community effort by all! Learn More about Brighter Future Building Communities here on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrighterFutureBuildingCommunities/ Brighter Future Building Communities is a volunteer effort dedicated to improving the quality of life of vulnerable families and children. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Fútbol Shoe Fun!

Over the last few years we have been receiving many pairs of soccer shoes and we have been holding on to them for the right opportunity. For anyone with soccer kids, you know that these shoes are expensive and kids grow out of them yearly! We found our perfect match! Saturday, February 11th Cheryl’s Shoebox had a great day out in a rural colonia of Magisterio with 25 fútbol loving kids. The program not only teaches the beloved sport of Mexico but also focuses on after school education including English class to every child! This soccer program is sponsored by Community Impact and assisted by Pastor Luis. Cheryl’s Shoebox is happy to announce we will be continuing to support this program throughout the year and all 75 children in the program. We would like to thank our volunteers for the day and hope you had as much fun as we did. Freda Thompson, Yolanda Alatorre, Jaime Baldridge & Dean McConkey and of course all the donors that keep Cheryl’s Shoebox Running.   Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Another big thank you to Aimee!

Thank you Aimee! Many hugs Aimee! Thank you for your donation to Cheryl’s Shoebox.  Aimee made her donation to Christmas at the dump, Quimixto Kids and Cheryl’s Shoebox in honor of Debbi Egan’s Birthday!   Very Sweet and Happy Birthday Debbi!   Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Gracias Cindy!

A huge thank you to Cindy DuChateau for your donation to Cheryl’s Shoebox & Christmas At Quimixto! You still have an opportunity to give in 2016!  Checkout http://www.casajojofoundation.org/ Cheryl’s Shoebox Christmas At the Dump Christmas At Quimixto and Many More!   Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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A big thank you to Judy Cooper!

Judy, thank you so much for your donation.. Lots of smile to go around this Christmas!         Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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Gracias Jim Davis and David Wilhoit!

A huge shout out and Thank you to Jim Davis and David Wilhoit and their very generous family and friends!! You have continued to support us with gathering shoes and cash donations! Creating lots of happy smiles from many less fortunate children here. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about...
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