Phoenix Catao, a Destin local, has been accepted into Florida State University’s Global Scholar Program and will travel to Ghana, Africa, this summer to teach children rescued from human trafficking. She and two others from FSU will live with host families and volunteer for at least two months with a group called Compassionate Journeys.
At present, a home is being built on land donated by local tribal chiefs for the 150+ children in the program. There is a small medical clinic in the area that treats the children and is in great need of supplies.
In March, over Phoenix’s spring break, she will return home to Destin and begin soliciting donations of basic medical supplies to take with her to hand deliver to the clinic.
In the meantime, Operation Underpants is in full swing. From the pictures, it seems many of these children in Ghana have no clothes, so Phoenix thought she should start with underpants … and work up from there.
With the help of Mission Love Seeds, a local missionary organization that Phoenix has been involved with for years, Phoenix hopes to collect two pair of underwear for every child in the Ghana mission and have them shipped there before she arrives.
Operation Underpants and Mission Love Seeds have partnered with Hanes Outlet Store at Silver Sands Premium Outlets to accomplish their goals. The staff at Hanes will have an up-to-date list of the sizes needed.
All items can be donated through Mission Love Seeds and are tax deductible, and all donations above and beyond what is needed in Ghana will be shipped to the more than 800 children in the Mission villages in the Philippines.
Underpants drop off point is at Keller Williams Realty, 151 Regions Way, Suite 4A, in Destin, or call Lisa Snuggs, project coordinator, at 850-830-2331 for more information.
Please donate as your heart guides you and watch the paper for updates on the underwear countdown.