CHRISTMAS IS COMING TO GUATEMALA


Dear Friends,



Christmas Tamale Food baskets, gifts of food, or a toy can make a happier end to a very difficult year!

The pandemic in Guatemala continues to contribute to the suffering of the children and families due to a lack of food and diminished financial resources due to limited employment

opportunities.

Your support has been invaluable this year.

Thank you!

You have made a significant difference and given hope to so many living in dire circumstances.

This Christmas holiday season we are asking for your help to brighten the lives of our children, families, and elders.



CHRISTMAS TAMALE FOOD BASKETS


It is our pleasure and joy every Christmas to give out as many Christmas Tamale Food baskets as we can.

Our families can then enjoy a traditional Christmas meal served at midnight on the 24th.

They eat tamales and drink hot chocolate or a delicious non-alcoholic punch that is made with the fruit ”Caliente” (hot).


We started the tradition of giving out Christmas Tamale Food baskets 15 years ago.

I had heard the very sad story of two of our sponsored siblings who came from a very poor family, children of a very hard-working single mother.

I was told that at midnight the children went from door to door hoping that someone would share a tamale with them or give them a cup of hot chocolate.

When I asked why their mother had not made any at home, I was told that she did not have any money to buy the ingredients to make a tamale. I wondered how expensive could it be to make a tamale?

Well, it was more than mother and many other families could afford to buy to make their Christmas meal. Since then we try to make sure that as many children as we can help do not go hungry on Christmas Eve.

Please join us in making this happen.


To donate a Christmas Tamale Food basket to your student or to a family it is just $45 US ($60 CAD) or for a bag of food for a Senior in our Elderly Care Program, it is just $25US ($34 CAD).




CHRISTMAS GIFTS

You can send a gift to your student or a child in need. For $25US ($34 CAD) we can choose a gift for your student, or you can choose an item by clicking on the links below.



GENERAL CHRISTMAS TOYS

Would you like to give a gift to a child who does not have a sponsor who can send a gift? Please send $10 US

($14 CAD).


We will send you the photo of the child who receives your toy. There are many unsponsored children hoping for a toy. Many of the villages try to give out toys on Christmas Eve and come to us for help. Can you bring a smile to a child or two?






A WARM BED FOR CHRISTMAS


Too many children are sleeping on a cold floor or on a straw mat. To donate a double bed

and mattress that will accommodate 4-5 people, it is $240 US ($322 CAD).

To donate a mattress to people who already have a bed made of wooden planks but have no

mattress, it is just $65 US ($87 CAD).



GIVE A GIFT IN HONOR OF OR IN MEMORY OF SOMEONE SPECIAL

If you would like to give a gift In Honor, please let us know and we can send a special acknowledgment to your special person. If you would like to give the gift In-Memory, we will post you a photo and acknowledgment of this gift in memory of your loved one.





STUDENT SPONSORSHIP


It is time to renew your school sponsorship. School starts in January, and we are told

the schools will be re-opening! If you currently have a monthly sponsorship you do not

need to do anything. If you sponsor annually, please renew by December 15th.


LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT GIFT?

GIVE A MEANINGFUL GIFT THAT WILL CHANGE LIVES!


Give the lifetime gift of education to an impoverished child for just $35 US ($47 CAD)

per month or $420 US ($563 CAD) for the year. We have many children waiting and hoping for sponsorship.




Thank you once again for all that you have done to support us over the past year. It is
your commitment that makes our work possible.
May you and your loved ones enjoy the blessings of the season and a happy, healthy
New Year!


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