The True Spirit of Christmas Shines Through



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By Irene Phillips

Even before Mexican Revolution Day in late November, we see Christmas decorations in all their glory in every store and restaurant. In December, festival season begins in earnest with the celebration of the Patrona de Mexico, Our Lady of Guadalupe, on December 12. It continues through Christmas and on to All King’s Day on January 6. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Mexican fiesta without the traditional food, music, and family.

untitled-0318 With all this abundance, our thoughts lead to sharing our good fortune. The Amigos de Navidad event is one where many good folks share their abundance to help those who are less fortunate.

The organizers of this event want to thank you for your past support and hope they can count on you again this year. This is the 4th annual Amigos de Navidad event, and they have come a long way. The 2015 event saw over 100 adults and 140 children feast on Christmas dinner with all the fixin’s, take a whack at a piñata, and take home a food dispensa (hamper) and toys for all the kids. The little ones enjoyed a visit from Santa, and got a small gift to play with during dinner. Last year, everyone even went home with warm blankets to ward off the cool winter nights.

Amigos de Navidad is dedicated to finding and inviting families who are in the most need. Last year they reached out to the rancheros, and invited 24 migrant workers and their 11 children. These rancheros are some of the poorest of the poor. They travel from rancho to rancho, planting and harvesting crops. Back-breaking work. Imagine how different your life is from theirs. Yet the young men (ranging from 12 to 18 years old) were all smiles as they helped carry out the toys, blankets, and food dispensas for their group.

Amigos de Navidad’s goal again this year is to feed 50 families, to buy presents for around 150 kids, and to supply each family with blankets and a food hamper of staples.

untitled-0247With the rising costs of food and toys, Amigos de Navidad is budgeting $90,000MX for this year’s event. The good news on that front is the favorable exchange rate. Your dollar will stretch much farther than in the past. They are hoping to be able to double the size of the food hamper that families will take home this year, so that the supplies will stretch into the new year. That will help make the Christmas season special for these disadvantaged families.

Amigos de Navidad hopes they can count on your support again this year. It means so much to the parents to be able to give their children a good Christmas.

If you would like to support this worth-while local cause, there are a few ways you can help.

 

  • Go to their website where you can easily and securely donate using a credit card through PayPal. The website is www.amigosdenavidad.causevox.com
  • Help spread the word about the event by going to the Amigosdenavidad Facebook page, Like, and Share it. Check often for updates. In La Paz for the holidays? Send a message, and someone can pick up your donation in person.
  • If you would like to help with setup, shopping, cooking, and serving for the event, a list of volunteer positions that are needed is posted on the Amigos de Navidad Facebook page.

Whatever your Christmas tradition may be, giving to those less fortunate fills your heart with the true spirit of Christmas.

Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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