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Monday, August 12, 2019
Mayan Families' Fall Shipment
Donor Relations

The connection between our sponsors and their sponsored students is an incredibly important bond and we know that sending gifts to your students can be a great way to strengthen this. Not only that, but you as a donor can help us serve the communities where we work through providing items that we need to operate our programs. Mayan Families is happy to announce that you can form part of our Fall Shipment to Guatemala this October. 

Our goal is to send 300 care packages – Any way that you and your friends and family can help us reach this goal would be much appreciated.

If you are interested in sending books, toys or family gifts to our sponsored students, or in supporting Mayan Families’ programs with items that are not easily available in Guatemala, then please read on.

Logistics for Sending a Package

There are two ways to get packages included in the Fall Shipment. You can either:

  • Have a package shipped (to arrive at the collection point by October 18), or
  • Bring a package to our Packing Party (on October 20 in Boston)

Due to the logistics of sending such a large shipment, please ensure your packages each fit into a standard size shoebox or school backpack.


If you would like to ship a care package to your student or an unsponsored student, we request that you first make a donation of $10 per shoebox or $20 per backpack to help cover the costs of shipping to Guatemala and the logistics involved in distributing your kind gifts. Donations can be made by visiting our Donations Page and entering the appropriate dollar amount to cover what your are sending.

Once your donation has been made, please email us at to let us know you have made the donation, and we will then send you the address for the US-based collection point, as well as a receipt and form to fill out with your package. 

If you are interested in shipping a gift to a Mayan Families program (please see the list of our needs below!), the above donation fee will be waived and you can email us directly to receive the collection point address and your receipt.

Packing party

If you are in the Boston area, we’d love to invite you to our Packing Party! 

Erin Mooney, Mayan Families' Executive Director, and the majority of Board members, will be there for you to meet and talk about the work and direction of the organization. While we encourage you to bring a package if you attend and participate in packing, we also welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about Mayan Families to come meet us and see us at work!

If you are interested in attending or have any questions about the Fall Shipment, please email for more information!

What Can I Send

We encourage all of our donors and sponsors to send a student care package to their sponsored students this Fall, with a selection of beneficial gifts and items to help our students celebrate Christmas (an important holiday in Guatemala) and get ready to return to school in January. Please consider sending a care package to an unsponsored student. If you wish to include a gift for an unsponsored child, please add a note with a suggested recipient, e.g. a 5-10 year old girl or a 12-16 year old boy.

When sending a care package, please ensure that the gifts will fit inside of a school backpack or a shoebox. Students live with other family members and will often have siblings, so please think of gifts that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Suggested Gifts for Students

  • Books, games, or good quality toys (in Spanish)
  • Coloring or puzzle books (in Spanish)
  • School supplies or stationary (notebook, coloring pencils, pens)
  • A sweater or cardigan

Please Do Not Send

  • Gifts of a religious nature
  • Cash
  • Unhealthy snacks (candy, chocolate, lollipops, etc.)
  • Gifts that do not fit into a school backpack
  • Gifts that can only be enjoyed by one child

Gifts to Mayan Families' Programs

In addition to gifts for students, there are also many items that are difficult for us to get here in Guatemala, and if you wish to support our work by donating some of the items in the list below, we would greatly appreciate it.

And remember, we will waive the packaging fee for any donations sent to support our programs!



  • Computers, laptops and tablets
    • Fully functional models newer than 2009
    • INTEL 5 or above processors
    • Windows 7 or above
  • Printers
    • Please include ink or toner


  • DSLR cameras
    • Fully functional, at least 7 megapixels, ISO of 6400 or above
  • Camera accessories - e.g. memory cards, battery packs and tripods
    • Please email for a list of what is currently needed

School Supplies

  •  Classroom supplies to be used in the preschools
    • Please send only new, packaged supplies
  • Coloring pencils and pens
  • Craft materials
  • Colored paper and construction paper


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