Donate Costumes to Kids in Need

Now that Christmas is over it is time to purge the toys and things that are no longer played with to make room for all of the new gifts.  I’ve recently learned about Create Happy Moments which is a project started by a Columbus mom.  The goal of this project is to donate new or gently used costumes to kids in the Dominican Republic who can not afford them.  This would be a great way to get children involved in helping others and would also make a fantastic service project for groups such as Brownies, Boy Scouts or a school.  I love the idea of spreading joy!

Create Happy Moments

Here’s what founder Mayra Gutierrez Betances has to say about the project Create Happy Moments:

“I collect used or new costumes for unprivileged children in the Dominican Republic for their annual Carnival and Independence Day festivities, which is held every February 27th. It is cultural tradition to dress up and parade in every village, town and cities throughout the country. As a child growing up in the Dominican Republic along with 6 other siblings, it was a challenge to get a hold of a costume for this special event as my family could not afford to buy costumes.  We made our own and it made it creative, but times have changed and so have the children.
Here in the United States, as busy parents, we do not have the time to make costumes for our kids. In addition, our children for the most part, want to wear new and of course the popular costumes for that year, and as parents, we want to make them happy, and have the means, so we buy the costumes for them. But once Halloween is over, what do we do with the gently used costumes? Some kids will wear them to play for a while, but most end up at the back of the closet forgotten or just thrown away.
Well that’s when my project kicks in! You can donate these costumes through this project and I will ship to distribute in a small school where children who come from extremely limited resources in the Dominican Republic can participate. This project will allow these children, who may otherwise not be able to experience this, wear colorful costumes while participating in the country’s tradition to dress up and enjoy the festivities and create happy childhood memories through this cultural exchange.
It has been amazing….you can go to the Facebook page Create Happy Moments to follow your donated costumes and see with us how the children can make use of your children’s good will and how they will impact the life of a child in another country. This will also serve as a teaching experience for the children in DR and for our children here in the US.
The funds raised will be used for shipping costs, packaging supplies, distribution expenses and to buy any missing accessories or to buy and complete the number of costumes needed if we don’t collect enough per number of children waiting, so that all children in the awarded school can get a costume.  Thank you!”


To arrange a drop off or pick up location contact Mayra via email at or call/text 201-888-0576.

My family has several bins of dress up clothes as these are some of the most treasured items in our toy closet.  It would be a nice family activity to get the kids involved and decide what items they are willing to part with or have outgrown.  Or, perhaps we’ll take advantage of the after holiday sales and purchase new items to send.  Either way, this will make a child in the Dominican Republic very happy and we too will feel happiness knowing that we’ve made someone’s day.  I can’t wait to follow the Create Happy Moments project to see how many items are donated.

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  1. Mayra Betances says

    Thank you so very much for supporting the project! Thank you for this wonderful write up, I so appreciate anything you can do and anybody can help in anyway they can. Please follow this journey with us on Facebook!

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