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How Sparkloft is brightening this holiday season

At Sparkloft, we’re passionate about caring for those around us, promoting the powerful effects of travel and using social media for the greater good. This holiday season, we recognize the importance of helping our friends in Puerto Rico.

Why Puerto Rico?

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Puerto Rico was not the only destination to experience the destruction caused by Hurricane María. Dominica and Haiti were also affected, not to mention the islands that were hit harder by Hurricane Irma, just a week before. 

However, Puerto Rico is special to Sparkloft. We have worked with the Convention Bureau, Meet Puerto Rico, since 2013 and have become, in the words of their CEO, an extension of the Meet Puerto Rico family. We have supported them through the debt and Zika crises and will continue that support through their recovery. With the tourism industry as a main source of economic revenue, we should continue to share our love of travel and exploration to get Puerto Rico back on their feet. 

This holiday season, we chose to make a donation to Unidos por Puerto Rico to help the island on its road to recovery.

About the charity

We wanted to make sure our support was going as close to the need as possible, so we chose to support the nonprofit officially endorsed by Puerto Rico’s tourism organizations, Unidos por Puerto Rico. Created by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, 100% of the proceeds go to helping the victims affected by these natural disasters in Puerto Rico.

Sparks Giving Back

One of our core beliefs at Sparkloft is care more. Care more about our clients, the work we do and each other. Over the last few months, our Sparks have also been taking time and putting effort into giving back to our local community — in a number of ways. Some of these charities include Food and Friends in Washington DC, Hiking Trail Maintenance for Forest Park Conservancy and Meal Prep at the Oregon Food Bank.

We also started raising money every other Friday by hosting Pina Colada parties in the afternoon. Sparkloft matches funds raised and all proceeds go to Unidos Por Puerto Rico.

 

Join us in raising a glass to support a destination close to our hearts...

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Below is the recipe for a Coquito, a traditional holiday drink in Puerto Rico. We're sharing it in the hopes that you will join us in raising a glass to support a destination close to our hearts.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of evaporated milk
  • 1 can cream of coconut
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)
  • 1.7 oz rum airplane bottles

Directions:

  • Blend or whisk together all ingredients (except rum) until well combined for about 1-2 minutes. 
  • Pour Coquito mixture into glass bottle. Cover and chill until cold (if there is extra Coquito mixture in bowl cover and chill as well). 
  • To serve shake or still bottle well to mix. 
  • Pour into glass, add desired amount of rum and mix well again. 
  • Garnish with cinnamon stick and enjoy!