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Thursday, July 31 2014 @ 01:35 PM EDT

Houston Texas Kiwanis Donates 65,000 Diapers to Panama Children's Hospitall

Groups & OrganizationsMore than 65,000 disposable diapers collected by The Woodlands Texas (Houston) Kiwanis Club have arrived in Panama. The torrential wind, rain, and electrical storm that pummeled the city on Friday, 8 June 2012 did not deter the Panama Kiwanis volunteers from unloading seven pallets of diapers donated to the "Hospital del Niño" (Children's Hospital) in Panama City. The more than 65,000 Pampers, Huggies, Luvs and other brands of diapers represent more than a three month supply for the hospital.

This effort is part of Woodlands Kiwanis project started in January 2012. The project was coordinated by Club Kiwanis Canal de Panama, and members of the Panama Kiwanis Club pitched in to help with the unpacking of the container. The Maersk container, and transshipment from the port of Manzanillo in Colon via the Panama Canal Railroad to Balboa, were all part of a transportation donation from Crane Worldwide Logistics. Employees of the H E B Supermarket chain in Houston, Texas provided the collection points, wholesale purchasing power, and shrink-wrapped the diapers for loading. Crane Worldwide Logistics loaded them on seven "skids" and paid for all shipping and insurance from Houston to Panama.

Former Kiwanis International President, Dr. Wil Blechman of Miami, founder of the Kiwanis "Young Children Priority One" program, said: "These diapers show what cooperation between clubs, volunteers, and nations can accomplish when there is a will to help kids."

Panama Canal Authority Psychologist Manuel Ruiz, the President of Club Kiwanis Canal de Panama, said "we have regular 'Diaper-Thons' around Panama, at Rey, Super 99, and other locations and it helps the Hospital but this effort allows a reserve supply."

The administrator of the Children's Hospital Dr. Alberto Bissot told reporters "at times our hospital and clinic patients use as many as 25,000 diapers per month, so this is a wonderful and valuable contribution from the Kiwanis."

The donation of Kiwanis diapers came during a mixed news week for the Hospital. On the plus side, superstar Jennifer Lopez and her family foundation donated four medical information units to the hospital. This is a week before her much anticipated Panama concert tour venue. On the downside, and emphasizing the staffing and budget shortages at the Children's Hospital, was a report that overcrowding in the facilities has resulted in 100 too many patients for the Hospital to handle in an optimum manner.

Club Kiwanis Canal de Panama meets 5:30p every Wednesday in their Diablo Heights clubhouse in front of the EDIOACC building ont he first floor next to Supermercado Gourmet. For more information contact Manuel Ruiz, maruiz@kiwaniscanal.org, cell phone 6590-3661. PHOTOS AT: https://www.box.com/s/dcd49e824333a6b0e377 (Press Release)

Editor's Comment: Thank you. very much. The Children's Hospital in Panama City is where the really sick kids end up, poor kids whose parents don't have the money or resources to take them to a private hospital. This is an amazing effort, and it should be applauded. Thanks again...

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