I've known SkyCross' founders Terry and Kathy Bliquez for years. Since they founded Sky Cross, I was led to become involved after my husband and I founded our own consulting firm. When we became aware of their need for a website, Carl and I donated the resources the charity needed to help get their message out to a broader audience. I was fortunate to be able to participate in one of the Sky Cross deliveries from pick up to transport and final delivery to a needy community nearby Nuevo Laredo. The children and families were so appreciative of these deliveries, it was not difficult to recommit to the organization's mission. When we donate to Sky Cross, and when we are asked about charities, we make sure our friends learn about Sky Cross' unique approach - 100% of all donations go directly to efforts and support of their needy community. After all these years, Sky Cross has been able to stick to this premise. This is why I believe Sky Cross is a 5 Star charity.
SKY Cross is an organization dedicated to serve the poor, providing them with food for the body, and hope for the soul. I have been blessed to serve as a volunteer for over 3 years, and I am amazed of how the services are completely provided by volunteers. Colaboration is indeed a great component of this nonprofit, and the connections established with people on both sides of the border, allow the food and donations to go directly to those most in need. Poverty shows it's ugliest face on border towns, and Sky Cross brings food to nurture bodies, so families can focus on work and education for their children. This is truly a "people helping people" organization, with no CEO or CFO, but true servant leaders doing good works.
Personally, I am involved in many volunteer projects at my church. I was busy, but the 'feeling' was not present. It was more like 'busy' work than that of a self-fullfilling type of work. I had heard of Skycross and the only thing I knew of it was that they collected blankets and coats/jackets and flew them to the border region for distribution. Well, I decided to give them a call so I contacted Terry Bliquez and told him that I had a full-size pickup that was at his disposal whenever he needed it. Well, he welcomed me with open arms and told me that he was going to put me to 'work' ASAP. We loaded my truck and a one-axle trailer with provisons and drove five hours one way; unloaded and chatted with the non-profit at the other end; and drove five hours back. What a feeling! Never, I mean NEVER had I had a feeling of accomplishment - a feeling of actually seeing the fruits of labor (if one can call it 'labor'). It was stunning! I told Terry: "I want to do it, again". We had been going to the border at least twice a month. The last time was two weeks ago when we took blankets/jackets/pillows and clothes. I am ready to do it again, soon. My wife and I are blessed that we have a pickup that is paid for; that we can afford two tankfulls fo gas per trip; and that we are healthy enough to support this fine organization. My only regret is that I didn't step forward soon enough to assist Terry and his fine orgabization, Skycross.
I have served with Sky Cross as a volunteer for 11 years. I am proud of the fact that 100% of all donations received goes directly to serve the poor. I have seen some truly amazing things that have happened due to the work of Sky Cross. I have seen malnourished children with no shoes and only the clothes on their backs grow into adults who have had their lives changed. I have watched these people that lived in shacks with dirt floors go on to complete their education in high school, trade school, and college. I have watched them break the cycle of poverty they were trapped in and become attorneys, pharmacists, priests, trade workers, etc. due to the help of Sky Cross. With God's help I hope to continue my work with this organization as long as I am able.
SkyCross is the only Charity that has not slowed down one bit becasue of the violence in Mexico. Because we are embedded among the people our operations have continuedthe support the poor along the border while many other organizations have gone else where. All the board and volunteers are non paid in fact most of us are donors so more than 100% of donations go to the poor. It is now in this time of violence that the children need us more desperately. We who support SkyCross.com are blessed ten fold. michael kenny lubbock texas