4th Annual Christmas Food Drive
Four trucks loaded to the brim with 231 food hampers made their way to Vista Hermosa to meet the families patiently waiting.
Each hamper contained 25 basic food and personal hygiene items. Because we bought from a warehouse that sells in bulk, we were able to negotiate a significant savings per hamper, at least 1/3 less than if you bought the same products in a grocery store.
What I love about the culture is the Mexicans are rarely in a hurry. This gave us the opportunity to schmooze with single moms, single dads, large families, small families, the elderly and the handicapped.
One of our volunteers handed out candy canes and we all exchanged hugs with wishes to each and every person for a very Merry Christmas. Happiness and sugar highs all around!
It was an amazing time for all of us knowing that each family we met will have food on their table for Christmas. Thank you to all who donated to this project and to the 21 volunteers who joined us this special day in celebrating an early Christmas with the children and families. Lots more photos
We, at Care for Kids La Paz, would like to wish you, our readers, a very blessed Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in 2018!
Partying With the Mexicans
Over eighty children attended our annual children’s Christmas fiesta where they vigourously and enthusiastically participated in games, relays, and drawing.
Surprisingly, some of those young kids were out to defeat their opponent at all costs but thankfully, we didn’t lose any, a miracle in itself.
However, kids being kids, they were most anxious for a gift – dolls, trucks, Yoyo’s, Slinkys, flying machines, rubber balls, Frisbees, girls’ notebooks, bead-making kits, silly putty – lovingly donated by clients of Tailhunter International Sportfishing, and Dr. Jose Luis Ortega, his lovely wife, Julia, and her coworkers.
More Partying With The Mexicans
The Mexicans sure know how to throw a Christmas Posada. Lots of food, piñatas for the kids and gifts.
I attended this fiesta, hosted by Gris, who teaches young moms with newborns to 4 years the necessary skills to help their children develop cognitively, socially, physically and emotionally.
There were a ton of kids and when it came time for the piñatas, I was pretty surprised at how some of those young ones could really pummel those things, tackle each other to the ground diving for candies, and arise unscathed. Arising without a mark or even arising at all, is a mystery.
Once a month, Dr. Jose Luis Ortega, a paediatrician, attends to sick kids in Vista Hermosa. The word has quickly gotten out that a paediatrician will treat children at no cost. What’s more is that the mothers don’t have to make an appointment and they will be given the medication their children need, if Dr. Ortega has brought it.
It was both a busy and hectic afternoon with over thirty-eight kids waiting to be seen. Dr. Ortega and his lovely wife, Julia, brought a ton of Christmas gifts for the kids, many of them donated by Julia’s co-workers. That helped keep the children occupied.