St. Vincent de Paul

The Rocky Point St. Vincent de Paul building in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico

CASA GRANDE — A local group that makes twice-a-year humanitarian treks to visit an orphanage and charity in Mexico is seeking donations.

The group, which consists of several area residents including members of various churches and clubs, travels via caravan each year to take food and other items to the Steps of Love orphanage in Sonoyta, Mexico, and to the Rocky Point St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Members of the group will go together with cars loaded with hundreds of pounds of rice, beans, dry milk, clothing and other supplies collected by Casa Grande area residents.

Donations from Casa Grande Valley residents, clubs and businesses help keep both the orphanage and the Rocky Point St. Vincent de Paul running.

“They look forward to our visits,” Evelia Zajac said in a 2017 interview.

Zajac has been a part of the caravan effort for more than 37 years and has rallied volunteers and gathered donations for the treks.

The Steps of Love orphanage in Sonoyta, a safe place for children whose parents are unable to take care of them, is generally the first stop for the group. Among the items delivered to the orphanage are rice, beans, dry milk, laundry soap, bath soap and other useful things.

The group also takes donations to the Rocky Point St. Vincent de Paul, which serves meals to the community’s poor and homeless. It also maintains a free medical clinic and offers other services.

The next caravan is set to depart on Saturday, Oct. 26, and donations of rice and beans, milk, laundry soap and bath soap are being accepted.

Contributions of non-perishable items will be accepted at Sommers Glass & Mirror, 503 E. Florence Blvd.

Those who wish to learn more or to join the caravan may call Zajac at 466-8073 or Angie at 876-5215.