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Andrea – Guest Blogger

Andrea – Guest Blogger

Last year before heading down to Mexico, we searched out charities in the area that we might get involved with.  The one that interested both Alexis and I was the Chicxulub Food Bank run by Sharon Helgason. We contacted Sharon before going down and asked what she needed us to bring.  Wool and baby items were suggseted.  We contacted our local wool shops to see if any of them would be willing to donate yarn to our cause. The only one who responded was our local shop Wabi Sabi.  When we went by our shop, Carole had a big bag full of yarn for us to bring down and I was impressed with her generosity. Upon our arrival in Chicxulub we went to see Sharon to bring her the yarn. We quickly discovered that it wasn’t just yarn she needed but knitters.  So I took it all back with me and then some to make dishcloths and baby sweaters. I heard that four previous sponsors had dropped their donations and so I wanted to find a way to pick them up for her.  I came up with the idea of crocheting coasters to fit on your glasses and beer cans/bottles to absorb the condensation.  I then sold them in sets of four.  In a very short time I was making money for the support of the families. In about a month I raised enough money to support three families and the fourth had already been taken care of. I continued with my selling of the coasters upon my return home.  I didn’t get as big a reception to them at home as I...
Christmas 2012 in Chicxulub, Yucatan

Christmas 2012 in Chicxulub, Yucatan

December 16th was the big day!  We had about 200 children and some adults came to visit Santa.  Santa visited the town square and main intersection to remind people he was there.  We had to send Mrs. Claus, a few times to find him.  Everyone received a bag of candy and a huge sweet orange that were picked fresh the day before.  The elves were busy keeping Santa and the kids on track and by the end of the 2 hours, everyone was tired but content.  Enjoy the photos and watch for the looks of awe, excitement and fear on some of the faces....
Christmas in Chicxulub

Christmas in Chicxulub

This month’s despensa was a bit of a challenge and took the work of everyone involved to make it happen and get it done! But get it done we did! These folks worked hard on the 14th to shop and package in record time. Then on the 15th these folks and a few more worked to get the despensas out, as well as the Christmas hampers and vitamins for the kids. It took us about 1 ½ hours but we got it done! Santa came out of the mothballs and again was the star of the show for young and old alike. As we started off we were all excited and full of energy. Yahir from the newborn program is a year old now and although he sat (laid) on Santa’s knee last year, this year he is busier. Here you see him wanting to grab Santa’s beard and we only hope he doesn’t get a hold of it on Sunday. Check out the smile on this young fellow who could not stop looking at Santa. No-one was shy asking for a picture with Santa. Cristina wanted her picture with Santa and she gave us a lovely smile. These kids seemed to be asking Santa “have I been good this year? This next one seems to answer the question; “I think we were good.”   Christmas Party I could upload tons more photos for you to enjoy but I need a bit of room for the photos from the kids Christmas party…suffice it to say the day was a success and everyone went home tired and satisfied! The kids’...
Return from Canada!

Return from Canada!

Hi to everyone.  I am back from my summer vacation in Canada and back into the thick of it here in Chicxulub where it is lovely and warm.  The summer went well with Rita, Kim, Brin and Charley working together to do the despensas and keep things on the straight and narrow.  Thanks for a job well...
The Sweeney Family

The Sweeney Family

Hola The Sweeney family this past Monday October 10th prior to visiting Dzibilchaltun.  Their donations were much appreciated.