Do you all read VivaVeracruz? It's John Calypso's blog from the jungle of Veracruz. If you don't, you should. He and his wife, Anita, are living closer to the land and its' people than most of the rest of us expats. Or at least the ones I know about. He lives in a climate that turns cold and wet in the winter. The kind of cold that chills your bones and your soul if you let it. And the people there are poor. The kind of poor that most of us never encounter.
John once wrote a story that had me in tears by the end of it. Briefly, it dealt with a father who so loved his little daughter that he saved his pesos, one by one, until he almost had enough to buy her the Christmas present she wanted. A Barbie doll. Come Christmas, he hadn't quite saved enough so the shopkeeper let him have the doll but he had to continue to make payments on it for months to follow. Can you imagine both how the strong the love was from this father to his daughter AND the abject poverty that required monthly time payments for a Barbie doll?
I want to help this community keep its' soul warm. A little help would be appreciated. So I am making this proposal to all of you.
Knitters, crocheters, sewers and anybody else who cares:
Get our your needles, grab some yarn from your stash (which I know you all have!) and start clacking those needles as fast as you can for the people of Ursulo Galvan. I would like us to absolutely swamp that community with much needed hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, whatever warm piece of clothing you feel capable of making. The more the better.
And those of you not up to crafting your own item: Get yee to your local Goodwill or thrift shop. Comb through the stock and pick out some nice items to send. It'll cost you what, maybe $10 to get a pile of stuff? Your feeling for having done something to help somebody else will more than pay you back. Plus you get some credit into your Karma Bank. (that's why I am knitting as fast as I can right now!)
It would be nice if you could get the stuff into the post by the middle of November, to ensure stuff gets there around Christmas, or at least during the cold season.
I think we will be sending stuff to the local Priest but I don't have the exact address yet. Doesn't matter. Get busy working on your stockpile in the meantime!
I will post the address in the sidebar once I get it so keep watching there.
Once you have sent something, send me an email with your name, name of city, state and country. I will be doing a special Christmas Day post listing all of your kind names and giving you the credit you so richly deserve.
Thank you all my friends.