Curacao helps hundreds at the annual Feria de Inmigracion

Live performances, fun activities, legal counsel and health checkups–the Curacao Foundation made it all available to the local community for absolutely free on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

As an effort to provide legal aid and other invaluable services to the Hispanic community Curacao stores serve, the Curacao Foundation hosted their annual Feria de Inmigracion

Lawyers, nurses and other medical professionals and advocacy organizations were all invited and took part in assisting the community. Guest received free health check ups, were able to ask their pressing immigration questions and were lended critical legal counsel.

Live performers, including Bebe Coronel and Grupo Camino Tropical, added to the festivities of the event and children were able to enjoy playhouses and other fun activities. 

The event not only successfully helped the local community but also raised hundreds in donations to  further support immigration initiatives at the southern border. Donations proceeds went to more than 10 immigrant advocacy organizations to advance their efforts with the immigrant community. 

Women enjoy a day of makeovers & giveaways at Eres Amada Event

With the aim to empower women, the Curacao Foundation hosted it’s first ever Eres Amada event on February 14, 2019. The day included free makeovers for deserving women handselected by the foundation, as well as a few lucky audience winners.

Each women received a day of pampering and makeovers from professional makeup artist, and free goodies to take home. 

The Curacao Foundation donates toys to the ninth annual “Feed the Hungry” event

The Curacao Foundation donated $500 worth of toys for the ninth annual “Feed the Hungry” event held by the Golden West Commandery No. 43 Knights Templar on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Bellflower Masonic Temple.

For the past few years the event has brought together the neediest families of the community of Bellflower to offer some holiday spirit and cheer.

The Golden West Commandery No. 43 Knights Templar gave away the toys and candies to dozens of children–all joyfully  handed out by an organization member dressed as Santa, decked out in a red Santa suit and fluffed white beard.

The organization  holds this event annually to assist the  needy and homeless in Bellflower and surrounding area.

The Curacao Foundation lends a hand at the Tijuana border

 2018 presented itself as a troubling year for immigrants. As a wave of asylum-seeking refugees tirelessly trekked their way from turbulous Central American countries, the political climate in Washington made it difficult for the asylum seekers to plead their cases. 

It created a situation where over 5,000 Central American migrants were in dire need of shelter, clothing, food, and legal representation. They were suddenly stuck in limbo, making the Tijuana border a temporary home. 

Far away from home, family, with little supplies and comfort, the Curacao Foundation decided they needed to do something. 

Back in October 20, 2018, the Curacao Foundation held the Latinos United Concert to raise funds to donate to immigrant advocacy organizations, but the Curacao Foundation realized they also needed to do something more hands-on. 

So, a coalition including representatives from the Curacao Foundation, El Rescate and Honduran United of Los Angeles assisted at the Salesian Project and the El Barretal Shelter in Tijuana, on December 8, 2018 to provide legal counseling, legal workshops and give children, women and adolescents clothing, food and humanitarian assistance.

“This is a humanitarian crisis. These are people who are fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries and they need our help to navigate the complicated legal process. This is yet another effort that showcases Curacaos’ commitment to the community,” Curacao Foundation Director Sophia Cortez said.

To further help refugees with food, clothing, medicines and legal aid, the Curacao Foundation along with El Rescate and Tu Vision Foundation is also working on organizing the Estamos Con Ustedes concert. They hope to raise  $100,000 and use part of the funds to provide legal orientation and counseling workshops to assist refugees in the process of applying for asylum in the United States. The concert will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Los Angeles Curacao store parking lot. Tickets will be given away with a minimum donation of $20 on the event’s GoFundMe page.

Curacao donates $1,000 to Vernon Police Department’s 2nd Annual Operation Santa

When the Vernon Police Department reached out to the Curacao foundation to request gift donations for their 2nd Annual Operation Santa in Vernon, California the Curacao Foundation was more than happy to help.

To help support their own community, the Vernon Police Department sponsored several families from Vernon City Elementary School.  They chose low income families in dire need of assistance, like one family who had recently lost all their belongings in a house fire. 

As part of their community assistance initiative, Curacao donates money, supplies and time to communities, like Vernon, in need of assistance.

The Curacao Foundation donated toys including Razor Scooters, board games, baby toys and E-games, as well as home items like booster seats and coffee makers for parents.            

The Curacao Foundation partners with Viking Law in Christmas tree giveaway and toy drive

It’s not everyday that you get to make a difference in a child’s life, but this December Curacao did just that.

Partnering with Viking Law, a CA-based firm, Curacao donated resources and time, handing out free toys, trees and holiday food to hundreds of low-income Latino families as part of the 10th Annual Reseda Church of Christ’s “Santa Comes to Reseda” event.

Curacao employee, Hector Brandan, hand-delivers toys to the community of Reseda.

“Curacao is committed to giving back to its community, and we are extremely proud to make this Christmas Giveaway and Toy Drive possible through our Curacao Foundation,” said Curacao CMO Ariela Nerubay .

The 10th annual event, held at the Reseda Boulevard Church of Christ, included free breakfast, lunch and fun-packed activities, including singing, music and snow fun.

A Reseda family poses for a picture as they receive their Christmas tree, ornaments and presents.

A young child smiles gleefully as he receives a second Christmas present.

A young girl happily holds her Christmas tree as she poses for the camera.

This year’s events were magnified,  serving over 500 families. Curacao donated over 2,000 toys and 250 trees with ornaments, Sophia Cortez, Director of the Curacao Foundation, said.

A baby girl meets Santa.

Reseda children play joyfully as snow activities take place outside.

“We brought snow and Christmas donuts  to children and families that needed to know that the spirit of joy during this holiday season is alive and well, ” Cortez said.“I am happy and feel especially blessed to be able to partner with the Reseda Church of Christ, along with committed faith leaders in the community of Reseda and Alex Djarbekian, from Viking Law, an amazing private sector partner with a deep commitment to social responsibility for the most underserved communities.” 

Two young girls pose happily for the camera as they receive their Christmas gifts. All gifts were labeled with the appropriate age range to ensure every child received the perfect present.

A young boy snacks on Christmas goodies. Free breakfast, lunch and deserts were handed out as part of the event.

“We understand how important it is to support the Latino community and ensure they can join the Christmas festivities regardless of their financial situation and immigration status,” Alex Djarbekian, head of Viking Law Firm, said. “

This is one of the several annual programs supported by the Curacao Foundation —a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by retailer Curacao– to support the Latino community throughout the year. A percentage of every purchase at Curacaco goes directly to supporting many social and charity programs that enhance the quality of life of Latino customers across the nation.

Santa joins in the fun as a little girl tells him what she wants for Christmas.

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