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IDB donates toys, food and other basic items to low income Latino children and families in the Washington, DC area for the Holidays

As part of its traditional Share the Magic campaign, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group made holiday donations to 22 local organizations that provide services to the neediest segments of the Latino and Caribbean communities in Washington, D.C. 

Coordinated by the IDB’s local community relations program-- IDB-DC Solidarity Program---, Share the Magic donated 2,962 toys, 80 boxes of food, 673 books for children, 30 boxes of diapers, 30 boxes of baby food, 76 boxes of baby cereal and $5,500 in cash, all contributed by the Bank and its employees, family members and retirees.

“The underserved segments of the Latino and Caribbean communities are still struggling with the effects of these economically challenging times.  It is our responsibility to support them and share some happiness and hope, especially during this time of the year,” said IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno.  “The Holiday season is about giving and many do not have the resources to buy toys for their kids. They need to feel that they are not alone.”

The IDB provides grants and surplus equipment through its IDB-DC Solidarity Program to local organizations that support the Latino and Caribbean population in Washington, D.C. At the end of 2010, donations will total more than $3.9 million. The program coordinates a network of more than 500 volunteers, comprising employees, family members and retirees who offer their time and services to the community. It also donates the surplus equipment of the Institution to its local community partners. The program is run by the IDB’s Office of External Relations.

Community based organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that received donations from the Inter-American Development Bank’s Share the Magic campaign during the Holidays include:

Ayuda, Barbara Chambers Children’s Center, Central Union Mission, Centronía, Comunidades Interactivas, Food & Friends, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Kids’ Corner Day Care Center, La Clínica del Pueblo, Latin American Youth Center, Life Skills Center, Linkages to Learning Viers Mill Elementary School, Mary House, Mary’s Center for Maternal and Childcare, Multicultural Career Intern Program – Bell Multicultural High School, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, Rosemount Center, Spanish Catholic Center, Spanish Education Development (SED) Center, Teatro de la Luna, The Family Place and Vida Senior Centers.

If you would like to cover the Holiday celebrations of any of these community based organizations, do not hesitate to contact us or please feel free to do so directly with them. Below we include a list of some of the organizations and dates of their holiday celebrations.

December 13-25

Food & Friends (Deliveries)

Tuesday, December 21

Latin American Youth Center – 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Kids Corner

Wednesday, December 22

Barbara Chambers Children’s Center – 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday, December 26

Comunidades Interactiva

Tuesday, December 28

Mary’s Center for Maternal and Childcare

January 2, 2011

Gala Theatre