I Was Hungry and You Fed Me
The food hamper delivery was a success! Santa and his little elves delivered 163 hampers, 167 blankets and over 300 candy canes to single moms, dads, grandparents, the elderly, the handicapped, and small and large families in Vista Hermosa.
Each hamper contained 25 dried food and personal hygiene items and a blanket for those cold nights.
Santa’s last stop was to deliver a hamper and two blankets to an 80 year old gentleman who lives alone, has no family, extremely limited financial resources but has a heart full of gratitude and the most welcoming smile when visitors show up. He is what makes all the hard work organizing such a huge event and carrying it out worthwhile.
On behalf of the families in Vista Hermosa, Care for Kids La Paz would like to thank those generous donors for their support, as well as the fourteen elves – Barbara, Oscar, Oscarito, Miguel, David, Carol Ann, Shirley, Brant, Linda, Mike, Bonnie, Paul, Brayan and Junior – who helped distribute the goodies. More photos.
Children’s Christmas Fiesta
We threw a Christmas fiesta for the neighbourhood kids in Vista Hermosa and lost count after about 50. They just kept coming.
We had to work fast because the party was late in starting and we didn’t want to lose the sun.
However, in that small time, while the adults were stringing up the piñata, the children played two favourite games where they had to avoid having their ankle stomped on or being eaten by sharks. Talk about little kids out for blood!
As the candy was dropping out of the thoroughly pulverized piñata, the children dove for the goodies like football players scrambling on top of each other for the dropped ball. Luckily, we didn’t lose anyone, a miracle in itself.
At the end, we handed out dolls, stuffed animals, soccer balls and colourful plastic ones. Two of the moms made hot chocolate and champurrado (a hot, thick chocolate Mexican drink) and the children left with bags of popcorn, candy and joyful faces. More photos.
Taking It To The Streets
Yesterday, visitors from Ohio, a few other volunteers and I, took to the streets to hand out a ton of awesome clothing from the U.S. company Justice, who each Christmas sends us sassy dresses, skirts, tops, jackets, pants, and blouses for older girls, sizes 10-16.
Throughout the year, Sylvia Sperling, our resident knitter, has lovingly purled up a storm of colourful hats and scarves for the younger children.
We were also given some pretty cool stuffed animals, and slightly used clothing and new shoes for very young children, not to mention tetra paks of milk and of course, candy canes, because it’s Christmas.
Michele, one of the visitors from Ohio, wrote to say, “It was an amazing experience and we were happy to lend a hand. The kids we met today were smart, beautiful, sweet, outgoing, shy, etc, and I wanted to hug every one of them!” More photos.