It's that time of year again. Time to start thinking about digging out those mittens and hats and all the other things you take for granted to keep you warm during the upcoming cold months.
But what if you had nothing to dig out? What if you had to tie a plastic bag around your head to keep the chill off your ears? Or you had no socks to cover your feet which you have shoved into a pair of ill fitting hand me down, holey shoes? Or no blanket to snuggle under?
Well, that's the scenerio many children in the mountainous areas of Mexico will be facing again this year. But you can help. You can help keep some of these children warm this year. Just like you did last year.
I, of course, am referring to Project Warm Hearts. The charity I started last year to provide warmth, comfort and maybe a few smiles to the children in a little village in the mountains of Veracruz. In the village of Xico.
These are some of the hats I was able to knit this year and get delivered for Christmas distribution.
Believe me, it wasn't easy getting these up to John and Anita in Xico. It took a trip down to Akumal with the hats and lots of other things that people have brought to the island for me to forward on to the children. These things were handed off to Kathy who generously went out of her way on a trip NOB to drop them off. The kindness of people continually amazes me and fills me with hope and joy.
One of last year's recipients.
Due to new laws regarding shipping, duty and customs of items within Mexico, I am not able to ship a single thing off to these children. Everything will have to be hand-delivered this year. It breaks my heart but I cannot change the law. Neither can you.
But you can help put a smile on faces like these.
This year I am asking all of you, everyone of my readers, to click on this link and go over to John's blog. There you will find a PAYPAL button. Go ahead and push it. Donate what you can. Every single dollar you donate will be used to purchase items of warmth, toys and goodies in order that these kids can experience a Christmas. And a warm and comfortable winter.
My heart goes out to these innocent, deserving kids. I hope yours does too.
Besides all of the contributions of hats, mittens, books and toys last year, you, my readers, donated $900!!!! I am so proud of all of you. So go ahead, donate today and make me even prouder this year. I know we can beat last year's amount.
Like last year, I will be publishing a personal thank you on Christmas day for all of your donations and help and total selflessness in this cause.
Sadly, this will be the last year that this charity will be able to function. Let's make it a good one!
NOTE: When you hit the DONATE button on John's blog, put Project Warm Hearts in the space. He'll then know that you are donating to charity and not to keeping his server running.