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ISU Professor raising money for kids in Venezuela orphanage

Native Venezuelan and Normal resident Marinelly Castillo is cooking up a storm for the fourth straight year. Her family friend and neice went to Venezuala just over 4 years ago. When they returned they were heartbroken because of the state of an orphanage they visited, saying the kids had only rice to eat.

Castillo decided she must do something. So, the ISU Spanish Professor decided to provide meals for a cost, with all the money made going to the kids in Venezuela. She said last year they sold 88 meals, allowing them to donate over $1000 to the orphanage in her hometown. This year, she expects to sell over 100.

“The political and social and economical situation we have now, we have too many people in need (in Venezuela). So I’m doing a little something because if I cannot change the world, at least I can give food to a little kid or give something. So if I can change one kid I’ll be happy,” Castillo explained. She said to feed an entire orphanage for a month it only costs $100-150 US dollars. They are hoping to feed the kids for an entire year.

Castillo is still taking orders to be ready Sunday July 7. She also says they will take any volunteers or donations to help the kids in Venezuela.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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