BUNDLES OF JOY

Rating: 5 stars   50 reviews

Issues: International

Location: PO Box 8207 Foster City CA 94404 USA

Mission: Our mission is to build a global network of supporters dedicated to fighting poverty in the Philippines. We are committed to helping the poor by providing for their basic needs (i.e. food, clothing, medicine) and by creating a brighter future for their youth through improved education.
Results: This year we have been fundraising for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Typhoon Haiyan (local name Typhoon Yolanda) hit the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013 and caused major damage on the islands of Leyte, Samar and Cebu. Donations collected have been used to buy tents, food, water and medicine for relief efforts coordinated by the San Carlos Seminary in Cebu and the St. Peter's College Class of '63. As of December 5, 2013 relief goods have been distributed to 3,000 families in Leyte and more goods are being packed and shipped for distribution next week.
Programs: Educational scholarships for poor youth Disaster relief for victims of natural disasters Distribution of food and clothing for the poor

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Rating: 5 stars  

Poverty is a problem in the Philippines that will not go away overnight. Grass roots groups like Bundles of Joy know that they can not solve the problem, but they focus on helping the poor one person at a time and bringing some joy into people's lives.

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I'm proud to be a part of the Bundles of Joy organization because this group cares deeply about the communities it serves. As just one example, for years Bundles of Joy has been fulfilling its goal to help disadvantaged kids get a good education by supporting an elementary school in Metro Manila, Philippines through donations in cash and in-kind. It's a huge goal, and this small organization does everything it can to help make an impact. The team is dedicated and does great work.

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This week Bundles of Joy was able to distribute donated clothes to families in Manila affected by the devastating flooding.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2013

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I co-founded Bundles of Joy in honor of my late grandmother whose life's mission was to help needy families in the Philippines. Bundles of Joy collects donations of clothing, shoes, school supplies, books, medicine and home items to distribute in impoverished areas of the Philippines. We have also collected monetary donations for scholarships for needy youth. In 2009 I travelled to the Philippines to visit each of the communities that we serve. I was blown away by the gratitude that welcomed me during each of these visits. Even small donations mean so much to our recipients who have so little. Knowing the positive impact that Bundles of Joy has on the lives of others makes all of the hard work worthwhile.

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A lot

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2012

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I support this non-profit because it does good work.

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A great non-profit does more than just fundraising. It inspires others to do their best and it helps individuals make a difference. This is what Bundles of Joy does.

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Life-changing

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2013

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This is an small non-profit made up of dedicated people who want to make a difference in the fight against poverty in the Philippines. Bundles of Joy has worked with many local organizations in the community to fundraise and raise awareness about poverty.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have witnessed Bundles of Joy make an impact on the lives of many. Through Bundles of Joy, its advocacy and efforts, many get to help transform lives. Keep it up.

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After Typhoon Haiyan hit, Bundles of Joy quickly got the wheels rolling to get aid to those who needed it most. All of the donated money from the U.S. was sent to the Philippines to purchase tents for those who were left homeless. Not a penny of this donated money was used for administrative purposes or to cover the cost of sending the money overseas (the organizers paid for this out of their own pockets). Now that is what I call money well spent.

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When times are hard, we often forget that there are others out there who have it even harder. Bundles of Joy has been consistent in fulfilling their commitment to raise awareness to help fight poverty in the Philippines by providing for basic needs and empowering the young through improved education. Their devotion to helping those who are less fortunate is truly inspiring!

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Life-changing

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2012

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I would like to commend Bundles of Joy for their exemplary job in helping the People who were affected by the recent typhoon that hit the Philippines.
They were able to help a lot of families and individuals who lost their homes and love ones.

I salute this organization for their readiness to help.

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Today I received a Facebook message from Father Saldua in Cebu City, Philippines saying thank you for the donations of used clothing that Bundles of Joy shipped to the San Carlos Seminary. The cargo boxes just arrived in Cebu and the donations will be distributed to families in need. Thanks to all our generous donors in the San Francisco area who made this possible.

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A lot

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2014

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Bundles of Joy is fundraising for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines. Typhoon victims in Leyte, Samar and Cebu need help and will continue to need help for a long time. Bundles of Joy is supporting the relief efforts of the San Carlos Seminary in Cebu headed by Father Socrates Saldua and the St. Peters College of Ormoc Class of '63. Through their coordinated efforts relief goods have been distributed to 3,000 families in Leyte. Right now they are purchasing tents for families left homeless by the typhoon and assembling more food, water and medicine to be loaded on trucks and taken by vessel to Leyte for distribution next week. 100% of cash donations are sent for typhoon relief. Thanks to all our supporters for your generous donations.

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Life-changing

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2013

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In July 2013 the Filipino Club of Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, California donated 6 large cargo boxes full of clothing, toys and school supplies that they collected in a fundraiser. These inspiring high school students asked Bundles of Joy to ship these donations to the Philippines for distribution to needy families. The donations will be distributed in Carcar, Cebu, Philippines. It warms my heart to meet such lovely teens who care this much about community service.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Bundles of Joy has partnered with Cars for Causes to receive donations of cars, motorcycles, boats and RVs running or non-running. Cars for Causes sends a tow truck out to pick up the donated vehicle and helps the donor fill out the DMV paperwork. Donations are 100% tax-deductible. Cars for Causes then sells the vehicle and the profits go to Bundles of Joy. Today we received our very first donation. Mr. Sanny Leviste donated his car. Thanks, Sanny!

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Life-changing

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2013

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Bundles of Joy shipped school supplies to St. Hannibal Multi-Level School in Manila for the opening of the 2012 school year in June. This school provides a free education, uniforms, books and 2 hot meals a day to children from very poor families. In October 3 large cargo boxes of donations were shipped to Metro Manila for distribution at a free housing project for the poor. Donations included new and gently used clothing, children's books, personal items and household items. Bundles of Joy officers and volunteers are determined to make a difference and enrich the lives of the less fortunate in the Philippines.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2012

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In 2014 Bundles of Joy collected donations of used clothing, shoes, toys and household items in California through donation drives. These donations were shipped to Our Lady of Peace Mission in Manila and distributed to needy families.

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Bundles of Joy is working with local student groups such as Filipino Clubs at high schools and colleges in California to help with their fundraising efforts. We are inspired by these young men and women who are striving to make a difference.

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Life-changing

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2013

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This year Bundles of Joy shipped donations collected in Northern California to Missionaries of the Poor in the town of Talisay, on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. MOP is a Catholic organization that runs a program for handicapped children in Talisay and does outreach to the poor in the area. Bundles of Joy also shipped donations of children's clothes, shoes, books and toys to an orphanage in Bulacan, a province outside of Metro Manila.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2012

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Bundles of Joy is a California-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fighting poverty in the Philippines and striving to give needy Filipino youth a brighter future through education. Education will help break the cycle of poverty and improve lives. The Bundles of Joy team has developed partnerships with agencies in the Philippines to provide outreach to the poor. We also work with local groups in our community here in California such as Girl Scout troops, schools, local companies and churches to fundraise. We have collected and distributed donations in many areas in the Philippines such as Manila, Cavite, Cebu, Bulacan, Cagayan and Iligan. We are very grateful to generous sponsors and donors who have made our mission a reality.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting the needy recipients of donations in the Philippines and seeing first hand the impact that these donations have on their lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more volunteers to help out so we can do more and have a greater impact.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I am a co-founder.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Fundraising for scholarship money to send needy kids to school

What is its top priority in the long run?

Empowering the poor to help themselves by helping with education and job training and employment.

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