7th Annual Christmas Food Drive

Two of Santa's Helpers

Two of Santa’s Helpers

Upachaya Annual Christmas Food Drive

We are proud to have hosted this 7th annual food drive here at Upachaya for our neighbors in the surrounding area.  This year was made even more special with contributions from a few of our Cruise Ship Guests as well as local friends.  With the combined contributions we were able to provide 20 families with an abundance of food items.

Each family was provided 10 pounds of beans, 10 pounds of rice, 2 pounds of sugar, 2 pounds of corn meal, a carton of milk, coffee, kool aid, bouillon cubes, manteca (Honduras version of shortening), pasta, oatmeal, and clothes soap.

Here are two of Santa’s Helpers (Dayry and Joswey, two of my Caretaker’s children) after helping us fill each of the bags getting them ready for delivery.

Car filled for delivery

Car filled for delivery

A huge thank goes to Don Ramon, and Victor (my Caretaker) for repacking all the bags from the 100 pound sacks to the smaller 10 pound sacks. In addition, they hauled all the bags and filled the car, and assisted with the delivery up and down some pretty treacherous hills. We also used reusable bags this year with our delivery. It makes a lot of ecological sense when doing so, and given that our grocery stores do not allow plastic bags, it helps with their ongoing grocery chores.

Here you see a couple of young mothers with their children. Big smiles were on the faces of all in the neighborhood as they received their bag of goodies. Mothers with little ones such as these young mothers received extra cartons of milk.

Thankful families and Santa's Helpers
Thankful families and Santa’s Helpers

Sitting with these young mothers and their children are our little Santa’s Helpers once again, Dayry and Joswey. They were a delight to have involved in this year’s food drive. Their enthusiasm and smiles made the event even more fun than in years past.

Don Ramon with Santa's Helpers

Don Ramon with Santa’s Helpers

I also think it is beneficial for children to help when they can and to see for themselves how much better off they are sometimes than others. This is certainly the case with these two youngsters, although having said that, their family keeps them humble and appreciative of all they have, just the same.

Here Don Ramon, another of Santa’s Helpers instrumental in making this food drive a success. For the past few years Don Ramon has assisted us working with Victor, with repackaging the foods, and distributing them to the families. We certainly appreciate all he does to help us out.

Smiling faces with thankful hearts

Smiling faces with thankful hearts

Here one of our neighbors, Doña with two of her grandsons and once again Dayry and Joswey.  It is hard to tell in this picture, but Doña’s house is very basic, yet I love the smiles on their faces.  They are so appreciative and loving.  It matters not their material possessions, as that is not what is important to them in life.  Something many of us need to learn and adapt ourselves.

I have a particular affinity with Doña as she works hard to keep this family happy, clean, and healthy, yet she herself suffers from Epilepsy and has had some harrowing experiences with us getting her rushed to the hospital.

I was overjoyed with the smiles, the heartfelt thanks, and the genuine appreciation exuded from my neighbors.  Who would not want to help out when you receive such warm thank yous as these?  Enjoy a few more pictures from our event.

This to me, is what this holiday season is all about.

Trudging up the hill after delivery of goods.

Trudging up the hill after delivery of goods.

Two young neighbors from the bario. THe older of the two is blind.

Two young neighbors from the bario. THe older of the two is blind.

Vilma in her yard. I love her flowers.

Vilma in her yard. I love her flowers.

Oscar with wife and baby.

Oscar with wife and baby.

Grateful families

Grateful families

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