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Do you live in central Maryland and have used items to donate? We are currently accepting delivery or local pickup of donations. Contact us to set up a drop off time or to coordinate a pick up of your donation by one of our volunteers.


This indigenous girl in NutreHogar could not stop smiling because she was so happy with her new stuffed toy.  Photo Credit: LARN

Although Panama is a tropical country, many of the communities we serve are in mountainous regions and do also experience cool weather. Donations do not have to be new; some wear and tear is okay. We are constantly impressed with how things are re-purposed by those we serve and we know those in greatest need are not so concerned whether an item is stained or looks like new.

Below is a list of items most needed, but it is by no means all-inclusive. If you have anything that you think would be appreciated by somebody less fortunate, but aren’t certain, please contact us and we would be happy to speak with you about it.

Items highlighted in orange below are those we find to be in high demand amongst our recipients.




  • Small-sized clothing
  • Small-sized shoes and boots
  • Shoes and boots
  • Socks
  • Underwear, undershirts
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Shirts (all types, including sweatshirts)
  • Jackets and coats (excluding heavy winter coats)
  • Bathing suits


  • Dresses and skirts
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear, brassieres
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Shirts (all types, including sweatshirts)
  • Jackets and coats (excluding heavy winter coats)
  • Inexpensive jewelry

Children and Infants:

  • Shoes for adolescent boys
  • Clothes for adolescent boys
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Skirts
  • Shirts (all types, including sweatshirts)
  • Jackets and coats (excluding heavy winter coats)
  • Hats (all types)
  • Bathing suits
  • Baby clothes and shoes
  • Cloth diapers and cloth diapering accessories (no disposable)
  • Baby bottles (*)
  • Children’s and baby’s toys, including stuffed animals (**)
  • Small strollers
  • All school supplies (pre-kinder to 12th grade, NOT including printed materials in English)


General Clothing Items:

  • Hats (all types)
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrellas and rain coats
  • Rubber boots


  • Combs, brushes, and hair accessories (*)
  • New dental floss and tooth brushes
  • Tweezers and nail clippers (*)
  • New nail files
  • New bar soap

Household items:

  • Towels and wash cloths
  • Blankets, sheets and pillow cases
  • Cooking utensils
  • Pots, pans, hand-powered kitchen appliances and tools, pot holders
  • Durable cups, plates, and eating utensils
  • Small area rugs
  • New sponges
  • Undamaged extension cords
  • Hand-held fans


  • Sewing supplies and fabric
  • Sewing machines
  • Bicycles
  • Suitcases, backpacks, and duffel bags
  • Garden tools (hoes, rakes, shovels, picks, dig bars, post hole diggers, machetes, garden hoses, etc.)
  • PVC plumbing supplies
  • Hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, hand saws, and other hand tools (**)
  • Nails, screws, nuts, bolts, washers
  • Buckets
  • Rope
  • Flashlights
  • Small radios




(*) If item is used, please clean before donation

(**) It is helpful if this type of item does not require batteries as they may be too expensive for the recipients to replace.


Due to customs regulations, we are unable to accept: food, seeds, gels and liquids, flammable items, and medications. We also prefer not to send fragile items, books in English, and heavy winter coats.

Items received which are not ideal for donation to Panama will be: a) donated at the discretion of our Board to other non-profit organizations that can use them, or b) sold at a fair price with all proceeds used at the discrection of our Board to fund the next container shipment or to fund other LARN projects and activities.

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