Thirty students from Juan Pablo II high school, carrying sandwiches, drinks, jello, cake, candies and toys, poured out of the school bus onto the flat, dusty piece of land. The fiesta for the children living in Vista Hermosa was about to begin.
The organization, Por Su Mejor California (For a Better Baja California Sur), which has been collaborating with our charity, made the arrangements with the students who were looking to do some community service for children. It was a perfect fit.
About eighty children attended, and their moms, too. For the first hour, the girls and boys were divided. The girls skipped rope using a long cord, which allowed six kids to jump together. Check out the joyous look on the girls’ faces (photo above). The boys engaged in a tug of war determined their side would win as they used every bit of strength to pull the rope. No slackers in this game.
The kids took a quick break to refresh themselves with food and drinks before the little ones pounded away at the piñatas. A fiesta without a piñata is like a piano without keys. One of the boys, after knocking off a point from the piñata, threw down the stick, and went after the boy who snatched it up. Don’t mess with kids’ points. This cone shape allows a child to seize triple the candy than if he were just using his hands.
After two hours of food, fun, a bag of candies and small toy, the children slowly dispersed. The students from Juan Pablo II were pumped, albeit tired, having put so much energy into making the event special for those kids. It’s moments like these, that despite whatever might be happening in the children’s individual lives, we can plant a seed of hope and show them there is goodness in the world around them.