Hope House Home for Boys

The cards that I sell here in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico benefit the dental program for the boys at Hope House in the nearby village of Ixlahuacan. There are close to 30 boys at the home and many of them come to the home having received no dental treatment. If you live here at Lakeside and would like to order a quality, hand crafted card for a special occasion and help me contribute to this worthy cause, please e-mail me at bettyinchapala@yahoo.com Card price is 50 pesos; the entire sales price is donated to Hope House.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Morning Delivery

We had a unique experience this morning that was a true blessing. Larry and I joined with three other families and put together bags of food for 50 families in a nearby village. Another friend had lots of new toys that her cousin had brought with him each time this year that he came to visit. The kids were so excited to be getting toys -- some of them received kites and had them flying above the rooftops in no time! We delivered food to some older people who were unable to come to the central location where we were handing out the bags. It was such a blessing to be able to help these shut-ins and they were so grateful!

Here's a picture of some of the bags and the ornaments that I made to "fancy up" the bags just a bit. I also made bag toppers to put on the bag of cookies that was included with the beans, rice, pasta and oil.

I didn't get any pictures of us handing out the bags of food because it was a little crazy and we were busy carrying the bags from our cars to the group of people waiting to receive them. We worked with a Mexican gentleman who helped us with a list of folks who needed the help; his assistance was invaluable and we couldn't have done it without him!

Here is a picture of kids waiting to get toys; this was after the crowd had thinned out!

I love this picture -- they were all interested to see what their friends received!

Just one more picture to share. I'd said I'd let you know about our poinsettias. I think that we probably waited to transplant them too close to blooming time. You can see that we have three different types. The red one is a new bloom on a stem that was planted without any blooms. The pink ones have done fairly well but nothing to shout about. And the smaller dark ones are a type that I've never seen before -- they are almost  a burgundy color and are most interesting. Although they are struggling a bit right now, I bet I'm going to have some gorgeous plants next year!

I'm wishing you all a very Merry Christmas the happiest of New Years!


The Other Patti Sue said...

Now that's what Christmas is all about! Bless you and your friends! Merry Christmas!

Colleen said...

It fills my heart with joy that are people out there like you. My son and his family were also helped by a secret Santa this year. I was glad to pay it forward and help a family from work. Each year we pick a family that is struggling and give them a good Christmas.
Bless you and have a wonderful Christmas.

Selma said...

What a wonderful story to read on Christmas morning. What a blessing you are to your community. Merry Christmas Betty to you and your husband.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

You are the best, Betty! You made my day. Thanks for being you!

Theresa Momber said...

What a wonderful thing to do and such a blessing to those families! I always look forward to your posts and seeing all the wonderful photos of your new home. We traveled to Mexico for the first time last spring and had such a great time, we are going back in a few weeks and taking our daughter. Unfortunately, we will be much farther south than you are, but it would have been so remarkable to be able to meet up.


Theresa said...

Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us. What a wonderful thing to do on Christmas...this is the true meaning of the holiday!

Pam said...

They have to be planted outside, under an eve on the southwest side of a builing. =)