I have been volunteering for many years for an organization, Mano a Mano, which has its US base here in Saint Paul --- and does amazing work in Bolivia, primarily with indigenous people, who have many needs in areas with huge geographic challenges -- mountain villages at 4000 meters for example.
This organization began by collecting medical supplies that were being disposed of by hospitals, clinics, and individuals. Now the organization also builds health clinics, schools, teacher housing, reservoirs, and roads. It truly is a Non-Governmental Organization. For my international readers, that is a term used to describe an organization that does activities usually associated with work that should be done by the government.
Here is Minnesota we sort medical supplies that have been gathered primarily from the Twin Cities area. However, there is a group from North Dakota that also gathers and then ships things to Saint Paul for Mano a Mano.
Boxes are loaded on a pallet and then wrapped in packing plastic, too, so the boxes don't fall off the pallets during the storage and shipping processes.
When Mano a Mano has raised enough funds to pay for the shipping then there is container loading. This happens about once a year.
First containers are brought to the Mano a Mano warehouse.
Here's a full container.
On Saturday afternoon there was a picnic. A wonderful volunteer brought a pizza oven and made pizza on site.