First off, we want to thank all of you great people from all over the world (blog readers, family, and friends!!!), for contributing so generously to this year's Kid's Christmas Party.
Several of you have asked how the fund drive was going. To date, you wonderful folks have kicked in $880.00, so if we never get another penny, we will always remember your generosity!
But...if you have been sitting on the sidelines wondering if we still could use a little more help, the answer is yes...we are still about $200 short of covering our major expenses.
We finally have all 150 presents wrapped...
Sonia modeled the first "elf" costume, and we are assured that Papa Noel and one more elf are just about completed...
And...we have all the hot dogs purchased, plus tons of condiments, which will be complemented by Rox's famous potato salad... We had looked at potato chips, but they were just too darned expensive...
We have a fridge loaded with soft drinks for 150, and a little beer for parents, if they wish...
And...in addition to each child getting a toy from Santa, food and drink including all the moms, there will be a baggie filled with animal crackers and some of these Christmas candies...not to mention a soccer ball for each family!
That's a Queen sized bed, and they are about four deep!!!
There are no SST trips to Paris in this project, but I have to admit, that I have had to sample a few of these candies to make sure that they are not stale and that they are good enough for the kids to eat!!! So far, so good!!!
My job for the first part of this party will be to photograph each child receiving a toy from Papa Noel. When the party is over, these high definition pics will be brought down to Salinas for high quality Kodak printing, so that each family can have a photo. This is important, since none of these families own cameras, so a happy photo of one of their children is, not one of many, but the only one for that year, if ever...
So...if the feeling moves you, just send a couple of bucks to our email address by Pay-Pal firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, just send a check to:
Evergreen Federal Bank
Attn: Tara--Ecuador Kid's Christmas Party
1329 NE 6th Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
PO Box 730
Grants Pass, OR 97528
and thanks again to all of you!!!