Rox and I are in Cuenca right now buying plenty of toys for the many disadvantaged children in our village at the Coast.
We started doing this Christmas Party when we were told that these kids only got a piece of fruit for Christmas, and that almost all of them had never had a wrapped gift! Well, right when we heard that, Roxanne and I decided that we had to do something about it.
Now, in no way are we trying to save the world or wipe out poverty--we just want to provide a little happiness for a bunch of kids who live around our area. It is fashionable for some of the richer Ecuadoreans to say that "the poor are happy being poor, because they don't know any better!" Well folks, both Rox and I have been really, really broke, and we knew it, and we didn't like it.
So...a couple of days before Christmas, we send out tickets to all the local kids and their moms to join us to see Papa Noel (Santa Claus), sing a little, get a hug from Santa, get a toy truck or doll, some animal crackers, Christmas candy, and lunch, which is potato salad and hot dogs with soft drinks. In addition, I take a photo of each child getting his or her gift from Santa, and we make enlargements printed on Kodak paper to give to each family. Now, there are almost no cameras in these families, so that photo is the only one that mom might get of her child for that whole year!
Please click on this site for a view of last year's party. We know it will put a smile on your face!
Last year's party was a great success, but it appears that we might even have about double the number of kids and moms this year! We did not know it at the time, but Isidro, our guard turned away quite a number of kids last year. We don't want this to happen again!
We are limited in how many people we can handle, so our plan is to have a large number of baggies available to Isidro, so that he can give any uninvited kids some animal crackers and Christmas candy.
Rich and Nancy got the ball rolling this year with a wonderful description of the Kid's Christmas Party...and received a gratifyinng number of contributions.
Now, with a little less than half of the presents purchased, that money is gone with the wind...here we are buying out the toy department at Coral.
We had to check each toy's UPC code as some were as much as two bucks less expensive that this year's marked up items...
It took three carts to carry out all the toys, and we will be back next month to fill up the car again...
So...here's the pitch...if all of you loyal readers just sent a couple of bucks, we would easily meet expenses...
and...just in case you wish to earmark a donation...
about 200 more toys, trucks, and baby stuff...
400 weiners and hotdogs...(we also give mom a plate...)
A ton of potatos
support for about 20 helpers--not much, but some skip work that day...
two monster bags of animal crackers
tons of Christmas candy
lots of plastic plates, forks, spoons, glasses, napkins, baggies, garbage bags,
and maybe a little help with the gifts for the helpers...
We are re-using the costumes for the two elves and for Papa Noel, and we have quite a lot of material left to decorate, so that means that there is a lot more money that can go directly to more kids!
If you wish to send something from your PayPal account, just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
If a check is more your style, mail it to Robert & Roxanne Hedges write in the notation " Kid's Christmas Party" , Evergreen Federal Bank, 1329 NE Sixth Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526 Attn: David Vikoren
This is Rox posing with the Christmas Bag that each child will receive. We chose these to be able to include the huge amount of school supplies, brought down by Allan last month.
Thanks a lot for reading this folks...we will keep you informed as we get ready for the party this year!