Time to say my annual THANK YOU to all of you people out there who once again helped to make the charity, Project Warm Hands, a success.
Because of your generosity, many children in Xico, Veracruz, will once again have warm heads, hands and hearts. And really, what more do you need? Well, maybe a little toy for Christmas would be nice too!
I would be remiss if my first thank you did not go out to John and Anita Calypso. Without their generous gift of time, money and co-ordination skills, none of this Project would have ever come into focus. They have practically dedicated their lives to getting to know their beloved adopted country and its' people....especially the folks in the Xico and Ursulo Galvan areas of Veracruz.
Aided by their good friend, Vicente Garcia, they have identified the neediest of families and made sure your generous giving was put into the right hands. I bow to and applaud these people.
I understand it, but I wish people would stop giving Anonymous donations. I refuse to give you all an anonymous thank you! But here is big internet hug for all of you. I hope its' big enough for you all to share!
Then we come to Jennifer Kelly. Remember when she schlepped down this giant bag of yarn for me? Many hats were made from this stuff. It has also found its' way into various scarves and, more recently, baby items. (Yes, a good friend of mine is in the motherly way!)
Also taking a giant step up with the generosity bat was Kelly Weibel Hansel. She is my friend who makes that fantastic jewelry and has the Etsy site. She is donating 25% of all sales of jewelry, all sales people!, made by Christmas Day. I hope you guys did a lot of shopping there. The kids can use the money!
Others have joined in this year. Teresa Freeborn, Carl and Debbie Shortridge and JackieinPDX all sent their special brand of love in their own ways. All is appreciated.
Richard and Joanne Graingery gave the most from the furthest away. They are friends of mine from Canada and last year they brought down a slew of hats and gloves. Some were even matched sets! All were delightful. Thanks guys!
Some of my hat creations before sending them off.
Randal Croft, just like last year, got on board with us again this year. A trusty and giving guy. Thank you Randal.
And who can forget the Ladies of Tanglewood Manor?
Or Project Warm Hearts friend, Cheryl Krull, who lugged all of those hats, mittens and scarves down here to me. I smile the biggest smile possible whenever I look at this picture. One generation, one culture, doing for another. Thank you Cheryl for coming up with the idea, seeing it to fruition and giving us all of those loving results. Just splendid of you.
Finally, none of the many items brought to me to distribute to the kids nor the things I made, would have ever made it to the kids this year without the selfless caring of two very special people.....Kathy and Jaimie Smith. On a trip from there home near Playa del Carmen back to the USA, they carried all the love you had brought and hand delivered it to John and Anita in Xico. These people made a vast detour to their route and plan in order to make sure that the goods got to where they needed to be. I love you guys!
There are no party pictures......yet. John and Anita tell me that the big neighborhood party that you guys help make possible for the kids will be held in January. I'm sure John will not skimp on details or pictures when it happens. When it does, I'll be sending all of you over his way to take a first hand look.
It is with great sadness, more than I expected when I started this, that I have to announce that this was our final year for this charity. It is something that has not only brought great happiness to the children of Xico, but to me as well. Mexico, in her infinite wisdom, has chosen to put too many barriers in the path of the project succeeding again or being able to move forward. I won't go there today. I will just thank all of you again so sincerely and so deeply.
Until I started this Project in 2008, I really had no idea of how many readers I have and certainly no idea that they were such a bunch of loving, caring, concerned and dedicated people. You strengthen my love and belief in humanity daily. And I thank you for that.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the bottom of my heart to all of you.