Maria Helps the Homeless in “Tent City”

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

This is Maria, and she is taking up a collection of clothing, blankets, coats and goods that her local homeless community can use. Maria is a friend of mine who enjoys going that extra mile for others, including strangers. The help which she provided for our Guatemala Eyeglass Collection was immeasurable! Now Maria took it upon herself to start up a collection for the homeless people living in what is termed “Tent City” in Lakewood, N.J. These people have lost jobs and work, and have found themselves homeless, living in a make shift development of tents located in a wooded area.

Thanks Maria for being such a positive influence by showing what the power of one person can do to help other people!

Why not seek out your local homeless shelter or food bank, perhaps a local church which assists the homeless. Homelessness affects every state in our nation, so I am sure that if you seek out the less fortunate in your own communities you will find them. Lend a hand, lend an ear, share unwanted blankets, boots and coats. Volunteer one day a month at the food bank. It means so much to those in need, and it will bring you much gratification!

Be kind and be ready because kindness is contagious…kindness is addictive.


Dig THIS…Over 122 pair of Sunglasses were donated to BK2HK for Guatemala…

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Update 11/4/2010: Eyeglasses are no longer being collected. Thanks to everyone who has made a donation.

Here is the story…short but very sweet. I was browsing around on Craig’s List and I spotted someone selling over 100 pair of sunglasses for $45.00. I e-mailed the owners and asked if they would be willing to donate them to BK2HK for our Guatemala project. Their answer was a huge yes! My daughter and I drove to their home to pick up the sunglasses (plus 14 cases) and met 2 extremely nice people! Ron and Nancy Gosselin of Howell, Michigan were more than happy to be able to donate all of these wonderful sunglasses to the folks in Guatemala!!

Ron and Nancy were so generous to donate so many (much needed) sunglasses to Guatemala. Thank you both! I want to pass on the word that BK2HK is continuing our used prescription eyeglass/sunglass and drug store reading glasses collection. There is always a team heading off to Guatemala to deliver much needed items, eye wear being on the top of their list…so please remember to send any and all used unwanted eye wear to the address below. Thanks!


Let’s Give Reilly A Lift

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Update 5/8/12 – Donations are no longer being collected. Thanks to everyone’s generosity and good will, Rielly has his new van!

Please visit Reilly’s website and help us give Reilly a lift!

Please help give Reilly a lift and send your donation to the address below… a non-profit! Donations can now be made by sending a check to:

Solid Rock Church c/o Reilly Parent
112 East Church St.
Clinton, MI 49236
517-456-9600

A receipt will be provided upon request!


Shelli Gary and Her Family Bring Eyeglasses to Guatemala

Monday, August 24th, 2009

The Gary family brought more than 1,730 pair of eyeglasses, with over 1,500 pair collected by BK2HK. What a joy it was to be involved in this. BK2HK plans on continuing the collection, so if you wish to donate any Prescription Eyeglasses/Drug Store Reading glasses/and Prescription or non-prescription sunglasses to us for next summer’s trip to Guatemala, please send them to our address below.

A very special thank you to all of those who participated in this extremely successful endeavor. We would also like to thank the following for their participation:

Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church of Dexter, Michigan, Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of Chelsea, Michigan, Saint Justin’s Roman Catholic Church of Toms River, New Jersey, Jacqueline Painter-Professor of Spanish Delaware Community College in Delaware County, Debbie Tenzer of DoOneNiceThing.com in Los Angeles, California, Desiree Aaron, Mary and Robert Gibson, Sue Daczka, David and Donna Gibson, Sherry Kouslowski, Carol Larson, Matt Amin, Amanda Hukell, Veronica Gary, Connexions Church, Most Ministries, and many, many individuals who donated one or more pair of eye glasses!

Check out the rest of the photos here.

Update 11/4/2010: Eyeglasses are no longer being collected. Thanks to everyone who has made a donation.


A Gift from a Mayan Woman in Guatemala

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Thanks to all of those who participated in BK2HK’s prescription eyeglass donations for Guatemala. People such as the generous Mayan woman who gave me this purse as a gift can continue to work on such beautiful sewing projects thanks to better eyesight. The women from the villages sew many beautiful things. They sew the clothing for their families, and also sell many of their items for income. Without the eyeglasses donated to BK2HK, many (1,730) people would not be capable of continuing their trade. BK2HK will have further information along with photos of the Gary family’s trip, so stay tuned!

Thank you again and remember, BK2HK will continue this collection for next summer’s trip to Guatemala, so please save those prescription eyeglasses/sunglasses/and drug store glasses and send them out to us! Our goal for next summer will be 2,010 pair of eyeglasses for the summer of 2010! We can do it!

Update 11/4/2010: Eyeglasses are no longer being collected. Thanks to everyone who has made a donation.


The Garys Are Back From Guatemala

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

The Gary Family has returned this past Sunday, August 2nd from Guatemala. I spoke briefly to Shelli Gary and she said the trip was fantastic! So many happy people, happy faces receiving much needed eyeglasses/sunglasses/and drug store reading glasses.

I am currently awaiting a full report from Shelli informing us in detail, along with a flicker page of photos of their fabulous trip. Thanks to you and all who were so kind and generous with donations, we could not possibly be happier…except of course for the folks in Guatemala who are thrilled to have their lives changed by being able to see clearly!

Awesome job and once again we are going to be posting additional information about the Gary family’s trip!


Handing Out Eyeglasses In Guatemala

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

The Gary Family is now in Guatemala assisting in dispensing the 1,730 pair of Prescription Eyeglasses collected by Be Kind to Humankind (BK2HK) and other sources here in the U.S. Shelli Gary estimates that BK2HK collected over 1,500 pair!

BK2HK has helped to triple the amount of eyeglasses brought to Guatemala this summer. Last summer the Garys brought over an estimated 500 pair! We give much thanks to all of those who participated in helping to change people’s lives for the better in Guatemala!

Within the next two weeks we will be posting the Gary’s return trip home with a new Flickr Page of photos, their story about their trip, and a detailed list of all whom have helped to make this possible!


Over 1,000 Pairs of Prescription Eyeglasses Collected for Guatemala So Far!!!

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Hurray! Thanks to so many generous people BK2HK has collected over 1,000 pairs of used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses for the folks in Guatemala! We cannot thank you enough for your efforts to help these folks. We will have a complete update in late July as to how many eyeglasses we were able to collect for the Gary family’s trip to Guatemala which is taking place in July.

Also, we will share a list of those who participated in the collection. The collection will go on indefinitely, as the Garys make this trip every summer.

See the Ann Arbor News article here. BK2HK looks forward to June when we can estimate how many pairs of eye wear we have collected! Thank you again and please continue to donate.

Much Kindness and Appreciation to All.

Update 11/4/2010: Eyeglasses are no longer being collected. Thanks to everyone who has made a donation.


Prescription Used Eyeglass Donations For Guatemala

Monday, October 6th, 2008

The Gary family is taking up a collection of used unwanted prescription eyeglasses for the men, women and children of Guatemala. The Gary family has gone to Guatemala for the past 2 summers bringing these much needed eyeglasses to the people there. If you have any used eyeglasses which you no longer wear, please mail them to the address below. An idea to pass along to you is to take a small box and hold onto it while asking any friends/family if they have eyeglasses for donation. Once you have filled the box, then please mail it to the address below.

The folks of Guatemala are in crucial need of our help. I understand that many of the children lack proper education and perform under average in academics because of their poor eyesight.

Update 11/5/2010: Eyeglasses are no longer being collected. Thanks to everyone who has made a donation.


Shopping Spree Courtesy Of Meijer Department Store, Ann Arbor Michigan!

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Meijer Department Store on Jackson Road in Scio Township, Michigan, was gracious and generous enough to award BK2HK a $250.00 Gift Certificate to be spent for items needed at the Robert J. Delonis Center for the Homeless, Washtenaw County!!! Debbie Locke-Daniel, Executive Director of the Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau went on a fabulous shopping spree with the gift certificate in hand and purchased a wide variety of wonderfully warm and cozy outer wear for the homeless.

It was a great day and a very rewarding one too! Debbie spent $250.09, almost to the penny of the gift certificate!! What a terrific job Debbie! There certainly are going to be a lot of very warm folks out there this winter thanks to your help!!!

Click here to view more pictures on our flickr page!

With Kindest Regards,
Lorraine Jara/Promoter