We're having a cold snap. I don't want to hear any snarky comments from you NOB folks either. It is in the low 60's, windy, drizzly and Cold with a capital C! And it's happening all across Mexico, north to south.
The Mexican health minister has reported that in the past few days, 9 people have died in Mexico from cold related causes. Mostly in the northern states of Chihauhau and Durango. I have been in the mountains of Chihauhau and even in the summer it is cold at night. I can't imagine how cold it is there now.
Here on the island the Red Cross has been handing out blankets and winter coats to people. All donated by people who care. Cancun has set up special cold weather shelters, mostly for the homeless. In this area, as most areas of Mexico, we have no auxiliary heat source in our homes. It is just not needed. Short of turning on the oven, there is no way to get the chill out.
So this cold got me to thinking about the people in Veracruz that we have all helped in the past with cash donations and hats. John Calypso mentioned to me that he saw an old lady walking down the street wrapped only in a flimsy shawl. He wished that he had an extra coat to run out to her. And just recently I found out that my friend, Jane H from Wisconsin, is again collecting gently used, washable coats to bring down to the residents of the island. They are always appreciated and she puts a lot of work into collecting these items. Of course, with airline restrictions being what they are now, she can't bring as many as she used to.
I announced on Christmas Day that Project Warm Hearts was being discontinued due to problems in getting the items to Veracruz and the people who need them. After I made this announcement, Kathy and Jaimie S of Pau Mau stepped forward again and basically offered to make sure anything that got donated this year, they would make sure it gets to Xico.
So B(ob) and I got to talking about all of this recently. We decided that if people are willing to help, we should at least be able to make sure stuff gets delivered. To that end, next November, for my birthday present, we are going to take a trip to Xico and personally deliver any donated items and as many hats as I can make to the people of Xico.
So the good news....PROJECT WARM HEARTS is now active and up and running again! That makes me very happy! But this year I want to concentrate on all the people of Xico, not just the children. How can you help? It's simple. Donate. I am really interested in the following items:
Warm coats. They should be washable and only gently used. Any size, color or style.
Hats, scarves and gloves
Small toys, coloring books and crayons. Miniature cars, dinosaurs, that sort of little thing. Stocking stuffer toys and items. Collect those free pens and pencils that businesses are always giving out.
I will be collecting these things and storing them here at my house until November. If you are planning a trip to Isla in the next 10 months, please consider bringing something extra in your suitcase. If you know somebody who is coming, send along a little something with them and encourage them to bring something. Just let me know the details of your visit and I will pick the stuff up from you.
Of course, cash donations are always welcome and I am going to work hard on getting a PayPal button on this page so you can just donate right here and not have to go off to some other website to do it.
So people, let's work together and make sure that next winter nobody in Xico has to worry about being cold, having a toy for their kids or maybe even dying from hypothermia. I already know what warm hearts you have. Step forward over these next 10 months and let's show what we are really made of!