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How You Can Help Me Continue Creating Happy Moments: Myra Betances
Mayra Betances
Written by Mayra Betances

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 six other siblings, it was a challenge to get ahold of a costume for this special event as my family could not afford to buy costumes.

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Why I started my non-profit to provide children of unprivileged comings to create happy childhood memories by cultural education.


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. Some don’t have the means and so,  NFP Organization, Create Happy Moments purchase the costumes for them.

After Halloween is over, what do we do with the used costumes? Some of our kids will wear them to play dress up for a while, but most end up at the back of the closet forgotten or just thrown away, right?

IMG_3131Myself, friends, family and NFP Organization, Create Happy Moments collects 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 six other siblings, it was a challenge to get ahold of a costume for this special event as my family could not afford to buy costumes. We made our own and it made it a fun and creative experience, but times have changed and so have the children.

This is why I started NFP Organization, Create Happy Moments. 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, wearing a 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 .

We are a registered Non-For-Profit organization with a Board of eight members who I really like to acknowledge and thank greatly, these women have gone above and beyond, and for without them, we could not have donated as many costumes as we have!

Gloribel Muños, Corina De Jesus, Eliana De Jesus, Anny Betances, Yassette Morales, Yanneris Genao, Yadira Amancio

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life – Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the above article. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?

Mentally, I have an intense personality, and I have done things physically to bring my intensity inline with my emotions. I’ve accepted that some people bring about negative energy into your ways and one should just put distance in between. 

2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?

Mentally,  dedication to my beliefs. Physically, my time and accepting my life’s timeline of events. 

3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?

Getting my college degree, A job well done. My goals are to bring my business and children closer and grow it together, and to bring my NFP foundation to its best spot and maintain it there so that it is always an enabler to create happy moments in children all over the world. 

4. We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth—we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?

I take some things personal, I’m intense, and I’m a passionate fireball when I care.

5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

I love my cheerful ways and I love to leave people with an optimistic and sort of hype towards all things.

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Mayra Betances

Mayra Betances

Mayra Betances is the CEO and founder of D&E Papel a stationary and handmade events invitations, an arts and lifestyle blogger. Betances is the founder of a NFP organization Create Happy Moments which mission to provide children of unprivileged comings to create happy childhood memories by cultural education. Betances is a mother of 3 children, a wife and the leader of ETTWomen Columbus Ohio Chapter, a group of likeminded women networking and educating fellow entrepreneurs.