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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International

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 gave scholarships to two elementary school children at St. Hannibal School in Parañaque, Metro Manila for the 2015-2016 school year. In 2013 & 2014 we raised funds 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 were 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. Relief goods were distributed to over 3,000 families in Leyte.

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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Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit. It does very good work.

mels

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bundles of Joy is a very small non-profit run by all part time volunteers. We don't have the same impact as larger organizations who have large staffs and big budgets. Our philosophy is that each person we help is a success story. This year we are focusing on education and we have started an online fundraiser for scholarships. https://www.commitchange.com/ca/foster-city/bundles-of-joy/campaigns/scholarships-for-needy-youth

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Bundles Of Joy for me is the best Charitable Organization. The Donated Goods and money 100% directly go to people in dire need.

Donor

Rating: 5

I choose to donate to Bundles of Joy because I trust that what little contribution I make will help put a smile on a Filipino's face - sometimes young, sometimes old, but always less fortunate. That is what's important to me, knowing that my help reached the person I intended to receive it and that I made a difference - through Bundles of Joy.

Elena7

Board Member

Rating: 5

This year we raised money for scholarships for 2 elementary school children at St. Hannibal School in Parañaque, Metro Manila.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great going, guys! Keep up the good work! I 've seen the big smiles of the people you have helped.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I salute BUNDLES OF JOY for their efforts in raising funds for the poor and the needy. God bless you and your work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bundles of Joy is always among my favorite nonprofits. Through the years I have watched them grow and engage family, friends and others to give time, clothes and even old vehicles to help the poor in the Philippines.They are professional, committed and creative. All this they do with an element of fun. The work they do inspires me so when I have time or something excess to share Bundles often comes to mind.

Samantha30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being part of Bundles of Joy has been a great opportunity. My family and I have been active in distributing all the goods here in the Philippines. It is a beautiful experience seeing those happy faces and knowing that in some way, we've made a difference. We were made to be instruments to give these poor families great hope and joy. Every little donation is very much appreciated. Please help support the cause. May our organization continue to grow and improve the lives of many.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bundles of Joy was voluntarily and whole-heartedly organized by our family members in California who wish to free people from poverty. It is with great love and kindness to have thought of this and and with much dedication to have this realized. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people in different countries have benefited from this generous gesture. I have been helping out in distributing the donations here in the Philippines, Cebu in particular. There is no greater joy than to see the happy faces of people when they receive the goods. Me and my family wish to thank the people who have been a part of this cause and at the same time, we would like to invite more people to support Bundles of Joy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When we give away things like old shoes, sometimes we think nothing much of it but rather how refreshing it is that we finally got to clear up much-needed closet space. What you might not know is that those old shoes traveled across the Pacific Ocean to land into the hands of a delighted little girl who can now walk comfortably a 2-kilometre stretch to get to school. And for just a pair of used shoes ... you should have seen her smile. I sure did when I was helping out with the distribution of goods.

Bundles of Joy makes all this possible. Every little donation is heaven-sent, especially for people who know what it is like to live day by day with next to nothing. Around 70% of Filipinos live in poverty. Bundles of Joy is commited to its cause of alleviating that and helping these families empower themselves. It is more than just a foundation. Bundles of Joy is a movement, established by people with big, mighty hearts showing that simple acts of kindness from you --- no matter how small --- do make a world of difference. Please, please, please support the cause and help keep the movement going.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It takes a big heart to start an organization such as Bundles of Joy, but it takes commitment, perseverance and an even bigger heart to keep such an organization going. Bundles of Joy continues to help those in need, offering hope and comfort to so many. I am in awe of the people who run this organization, not just because they find the time when so many of us don't but because they continue to do so year after year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Barangay(village) in San Jose,Catmon,Cebu, Philippines recieved 5boxes of used clothings. It was distributed to poor families living in the area. Thank you bundles of joy for your kindness.hopefully you will send more boxes, so we can help more families.
God bless and more power to your organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member of my school's Filipino Club, and we recently organized a collection of used clothes, shoes, toys, and school supplies. These donations were sorted and boxed, and we collected a total of 6 large boxes. I had been trying to find a way to send over these donations to various organizations in the Philippines, and Bundles of Joy was more than happy to do this for us. They drove to my house to pick up the boxes, and were very kind and friendly. They commended myself and the club on our actions. Bundles of Joy is an excellent nonprofit organization, and we hope to work with them again in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

We appreciate what you're doing for the poor children in the Philippines. May your organization continue to grow, prosper and make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate!

Donor

Rating: 5

Bundles of Joy is a non profit organization promoted by dedicated members of the Suazo family. I have seen pictures and heard about the touching stories on how the littlest help from open hearted supporters have helped others. Keep up the good work and let us keep supporting Bundles of Joy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In early 2012 Bundles of Joy shipped donations collected from donors in Northern California to Cebu, Philippines to the Missionaries of the Poor for distribution to needy individuals in their mission area. I served as liaison between the 2 organizations. Bundles of Joy is a great organization that helps many poor families in the Philippines.

Melissa103

Volunteer

Rating: 5

brillant, more good work needs to be done by people

Donor

Rating: 5

“EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD.” – Nelson Mandela. One of the goals of Bundles of Joy is to improve the education of the less fortunate in the Philippines. Poverty is rampant and many children do not have the opportunity to get a general education. Those that are able to attend public schools are unable to get a proper education because of a lack of basic needs. These children walk to school without suitable clothing. In the classroom, learning is challenging because of the lack of school supplies and textbooks. More importantly, they go through the day without proper nutrition. Bundles of Joy supports an elementary school and provides the students with school supplies, books, clothes, and shoes. Bundles of Joy empowers these young people by giving them the opportunity to learn and a chance to forge a better life for themselves and for their families.

Sanny L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have watched Mel and Elana, their kids and friends through the years working year round, year after year selflessly and tirelessly bring in donations and support for the poor in the Philippines. They are an inspiration to watch as a family and as caring members of the community doing things beyond their core so that they can reach out to others. I would gladly donate the little that I have and volunteer my time to help them reach their targets. This year and the coming years.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bundles of Joy has been busy sorting, packing and shipping donations that will be distributed at Christmas time in Metro Manila. Toys, clothes and household items from donors in California will be distributed at the Aya Multinational GK Village in Paranaque, a free housing project for the poor.

Donor

Rating: 5

Through the years, Bundles of Joy has helped thousands of needy people in the Philippines. Not only does this organization help during calamities, it also regularly helps individuals and organizations, alleviating poverty and its effects one person at a time. Organizations such as BOJ need our support because their organizers are self-less, motivated only by their shared mission to help; to give to the poor and the destitue -- people who live and walk among us who need to know that they are not alone, that someone cares, and that there is room for hope. Bundles of Joy organizers have big hearts. They help wherever they feel they are needed. I know for a fact that they have helped many, many poor families in the California area.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit. I have donated clothes which were shipped to the Philippines for distribution to poor families. I recommend supporting this charity if you want to help fight poverty in the Philippines.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have seen pictures of the smiling faces who were recipients of donations that were coursed through Bundles of Joy. This positive feedback has earned Bundles of Joy my complete trust and respect. More power to you!

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization should be commended for its continuous efforts to promote the welfare and living conditions of its beneficiaries. More power and support to this group!

Donor

Rating: 5

Bundles of Joy has done a phenomenal amount of work to give aid directly to those in dire need in the Phillippines. I support their efforts every chance I'm able. I also have tremendous respect for Bundles of Joy for the positive message & great example they give our community through groups such as Girl Scouts, Church Groups, etc, to support charities.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hats off to Bundles of Joy. They have shown commitment in improving the quality of life of recipients.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The representative from Bundles of Joy called me sometime ago to tell me about the good work they're doing to help the poor people in the Philippines. After I've accumulated enough clothes and shoes to donate, I called them. What I like about them is they came on time on the day they said they were coming. They were very professional and courteous and seemed very pleased with my donation. They were very appreciative of what they got.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated to Bundles of Joy, a worthwhile cause. Whatever donations, in cash or in kind have gone to needy families in the Philippines. We will continue to support Bundles of Joy.

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I feel very comfortable donating to Bundles of Joy as we trust the goods are being donated to a good cause. Their efforts and compassion for the needy is an inspiration!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated used clothing to Bundles of Joy. We have also helped them pack some of these donations for the Ondoy victims. They have unselfishly dedicated their time, money and effort to help the poor folks in the Philippines and we are very proud of them. I wish there were more of their kind. The Suazos are truly an exemplary family! Sondra has been an amazing role model for the youth and her family's support has been inspiring. Our family will be donating to Bundles again.

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Ramon G.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated some shoes and clothings to the Bundles of Joy for the needy in the Philippines. We truly appreciate Bundles of Joy for their effort and compassion to help the poor and the needy.

Donor

Rating: 5

There are many worthwhile charities out there to give to, but I have found that donating our used clothing, shoes, handbags, etc. to Bundles of Joy gives our family a great sense of satisfaction that the truly needy are directly receiving our donations and are benefiting from our support. I would highly recommend assisting this organization anyway you can!

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Jill15

Donor

Rating: 5

Initiated by a former Youth Group member, this is a very worthy cause that we are glad to support! In our annual Superbowl Sunday soup pot fundraiser, our church's teens have now donated the proceeds twice to Bundles of Joy.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Bundles of Joy is spreading awareness about the plight of the poor in the Philippines. This non-profit fundraises and sends aid to schools, a home for the aged, squatter villages and other mission areas in the Philippines. I have worked with this year's fundraiser in partnership with St. Mark's Catholic Church in Belmont, CA. The First - Third graders in the Church's faith formation classes brought in old shoes that they had outgrown. The Fourth - Eighth graders brought in school supplies. The Youth Group donated the proceeds of their Souperbowl fundraiser to the cause. The congregation brought in donations of old clothes, shoes and school supplies. All donations collected were shipped to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Manila, Philippines and distributed to poor families in their community. The school supplies were distributed at an elementary school for poor children that is run by the parish.