Thank you, Burton Snowboards!
We have an amazing update!
After posting about needing help with our most recent relief project, which entailed the purchase of a distribution truck in Puerto Rico, we received a call from our friends Jake Burton and Mike Cox at Burton Snowboards. We’ve known Jake and Mike for years (fun fact: we actually met in San Juan, PR!) When they saw our needs they reached out and offered to pay off the remainder of the truck. And we honestly don’t know how to thank them enough…
Burton was quick to act last year when we were taking donations immediately following Hurricane Maria as well. They packed boxes of goods including backpacks, sleeping bags, clothes, etc. for distributing to those in need and to clothe our mission volunteers as well as a beautiful snowboard that we were able to raffle for money to go to La Casa de Todos Orphanage in Juncos, Puerto Rico. We proudly wore our burton gear while roofing the orphanage. That was a blessing because we went through about 3 shirts a day per volunteer because the heat was so intense while tarring that roof! There was so much laundry, but no water to wash it due to the Hurricane, they thoughtfully stocked us up.
We have struggled through a lot of our little “Happy Helpertons” relief workers projects, but somehow we are always able to pull it off with Carlos driving this truck around the island, ferrying it to the smaller islands distributing lifesaving supplies like water filtration units, food, medicine, and a helping hand, Boricua style. Carlos has been a huge part in making sure our efforts in Puerto Rico are gain momentum and are executed properly. He is our first responder and keeps us in the loop with various communities needs throughout the island when we aren’t able to be there.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Burton Snowboards, let me introduce you to this amazing company; Founded in 1977, Burton quickly became the largest snowboarding brand in the world. With a focus on sustainability and quality products, Burton has made a lasting footprint in snowboarding and is continuing to set the bar for responsible production and environmental awareness.
From packaging and manufacturing to responsibly sourced down and sustainably harvested wood, Burton uses environmentally preferred materials to make all of their products. Through awesome initiatives that encourage reducing negative impact on the environment, they emphasize the term ‘Reduce, reuse, and redeem’. You can trade in your new or used Burton gear at a US Burton Flagship or Outlet store in exchange for store credit or a donation to The CHILL Foundation.
The CHILL foundation is Burton’s non-profit organization that gets thousands of youth on snow every winter, helping them overcome challenges through snowboarding. Burton also donates hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of product every year to a large Vermont refugee population to keep them warm in the winter, and to underserved youth and families across the country.
Burton’s donation ensures the purchase of the truck and will cover all needed current maintenance to safely deliver these life saving supplies.
We will gladly be posting updates regularly about everything their donations have done as the truck is a crucial part of those efforts. What an inspiring day, to think that they would reach out just when we needed it most, that they see the magic of the island, keeps our fires stoked to keep helping. Sometimes hope is the greatest gift and today is that time. We will continue hard to make Puerto Rico proud, we will make the changes we want to see in the world together.
We love Mister Rogers, and are greatly inspired by his spirit of helpfulness and open heartedness, especially his famous quote; “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Thank you to Jake, Mike, Miguel, the Burton Snowboards crew and an entire island full of helpers, and everyone who has helped us help others in these very disturbing times. You give us hope!
To learn more about Burton, their products and initiatives - visit: www.Burton.com