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2018 Costa Rica Coffee Families

$1,665 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 15 months
Created August 12, 2017
This medical mission trip was created by myself (Dr. Cynthia Elliott) and my husband (Todd Elliott) to care for immigrant coffee pickers (and their families) who work in the farms of Santa Elena Coffee in Costa Rica. They travel from Panam and Nicaragua to hand pick coffee each season.  They have very little in the way of belongings and none of them have health care or dental care.  
      We travel to the farm in January which is in the middle of the coffee picking season.  We are able to care for many families immediate medical needs, including infections, illness, and even minor dental extractions for painful broken/rotten teeth.  We have been able to help nearly 300 people each time we go.  We hope to do the same and more this January 2018.  We also take clothing and some dental care supplies that are given out during the medical clinics.
     I am a family practice provider in Tucson, AZ.  I care for patients of all ages, male and female, nearly 3,200 people.  I close my practice for the time that I am in Costa Rica for this medical trip becasue it is so important and does make a difference in these families lives.  My husband (Todd) is in vending and coffee services, which is how we learned about this group of people and their medical needs.  
     We have several supporters who are in the coffee and vending business who are doing what they can to support this trip and give back to the coffee picking community.  The team members are all volunteers.  They are in various careers: medicine, coffee and vending, educators, students, full time ministry, etc.  They pay for their own travel, hotel, food, and give their time to help care for this group of people.
     We need all the financial help we can get in order to have money to purchase medications and supplies specific to caring for these hard working, wonderful people.  Please donate to this cause and know that every dollar you give does make a difference!  We need your help!
     You can also donate at www.alivechurch.com  at the the top right, select giving - drop down give now, the next drop down is give to: select missions - drop down next to it - select Costa RIca.  Follow the instructions and donate.  This is tax deductable donation.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  THANK YOU and BLESSINGS!

Todd and Cindy Elliott
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Hi all - Only 3 weeks until the Costa Rica Trip. I will be purchasing medication and supplies 1 week before we leave. We can still use your supports in any amount your are able to give! Anyone who has donated, please send me your mailing address so that I can make sure you get a receipt from the church for your 2017 taxes. Contact me through gofundme.. I have been instructed not to post my personal email by gofundme. I will also check my Facebook - which I do not generally do regularly - but I will - promise... LOL
I have already created a list of names but need to make sure I have contact information so that I can get the receipts to you at the beginning of Jan 2018.

If you intend to donate but haven't yet... when you do please attach your contact info in the note area? This really is a life changing trip for us and for the people we help. Please donate right away if this touches your heart and sounds like something you would like to be a part of?? I plan to continue going as long as I am able. I either close my practice for the week I am gone or get a colleague to cover for me as much as they are able. Please pray for us as we prepare to go and when we are there, that lives would be changed and improved because of this trip and God's provision? He is so good! We love you all! Todd and Cindy
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We have booked our tickets and are going January 7th through the 16th. We have a team of 9 this year. Two medical providers - Myself and one of my NP students who graduates in December from UofA. We have 2 interpreters. We have a couple this year to do evangelism and teach the people about Jesus.. I am excited about that! We have someone acting as pharmacist who is a pastor from my church - He will help me with medications and his wife Sherri who will help hand out toothbrushes and clothing that we take with us for the people we care for. Last but not least is my wonderful husband Todd who is orchestrates everything, drives us everywhere is a van on the crazy roads, and is an awesome pack mule. We all work together to set up the tend and supplies each day as we move to a different location on the 800 acre farm. We should be able to care for well over 300 people this year. I will purchase medications the week before we leave and then off we go. Please pray for us safe travels and that we are able to make a real difference in the lives of the coffee picker at Santa Elena.
Please donate if you are able - any amount helps this endeavor. Thank you to all who have already donated, you are a huge blessing!
Our love to all of you for the Christmas season! God is so good! Blessings! Todd and Cindy
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The trip is coming up so quickly - Jan 2018. I cannot believe how fast time flies. I know it is the time of year when you are purchasing gifts for Christmas and doing all the holiday parties and other fun, sometimes expensive stuff. The last thing I want to do is stress you but if you can afford even $20 toward this cause, it all adds up and makes a real difference. Sometimes even life changing. We are able to help those who have nothing with simple to major medical needs. Please consider supporting this endeavor?! All the funds are managed through my church - Alive Church - web site Alivechurch.com and are therefore, tax deductible. The people we are helping are amazing hard workers who are in the coffee fields early morning until the sun goes down. The coffee is picked by hand and processed at the Santa Elena Beneficio (Processing plant). Thank you so much for the support!
Luzmarina Trujillo - Santa Elena Coffee
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We really need your help in order to purchase medication and medical supplies for the upcoming trip January 2018. Please donate and support this amazing cause. Over 300 people helped every year.
Thank you!

Cindy Elliott
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Raised by 13 people in 15 months
Created August 12, 2017
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