OPERATION FEED'S

HOLIDAY UPDATES

Want to volunteer ... help us with any of these projects? Go to our website and complete the form on the home page or email Carol and she will be in touch.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING?

It has been a busy time for Operation Feed, but all the work means lots of happy, warmer, feed people. That equates to smiles and hugs and tons of "Gracias" being sent to all of you.


Feria -- As you may know, we team with the Feria Maestros del Arte. Operation Feed volunteers sell the raffle tickets and earn half of the sales. This year we again broke the record. We sold 121,000 pesos worth of tickets and our half means that the food budget now has two months worth of the necessary pesos. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and/or sold tickets. The Feria Board has asked us to return next year. And we will set ourselves a new target with presales becoming a focus.Great job!


Steve Checkoway sent us a listing of the sales for the past 8 years. 

2010     83,650  2011     101,100      2012     75,300  2013     60,900  2014     71,590  2015     63,550

Operation Feed started in 2016:rained all weekend our first year!

2016     90,000 2017     106,000 2018     121,000

Clothing Drive -- We are so lucky to receive a huge amount of clothes and shoes. It means the villagers have much to choose from. The Operation Feed families come first and have a limit of items depending on the size of their families. Then any villager is encouraged to come and take up to 25 items. We were able to provide clothing to over 200 people... over 5,000 items! The most important items are the children's clothing and shoes. The smiles of the young mothers when they pick out an adorable "onesies" make our efforts worthwhile. This time we had quite of bit for the smaller Mexican men, too.

We will be having our next clothing drive in May. Remember us when you clean out closets or see baby clothing at yard sales. We will store winter clothing and sort and give out the summer clothing in May.

Jere has been the leader of the clothing drive for three years. She is taking a well-deserved break. 

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We are hoping that people will step up to help with the clothing drive. Instead of having someone work every week, we are looking for 1-2 people to take one week a month at Viva Mexico on Thursday mornings to sort clothing. If interested, let Carol Curtis know and she'll help put together a team schedule.

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What else?  The Egg Team have continued helping to pay for the eggs that are given out each week. We could use a few more men or women to join us. We meet the first and third Tuesdays at Viva Mexico. It takes about an hour to box the eggs (less time with more volunteers). Then we eat lunch at Viva Mexico. The donation to be a part of the Egg Team is 200 pesos a month. The eggs cost Operation Feed about 10,000 pesos a month. This protein is very important for the families. And having lunch at Viva Mexico helps support Agustin and his staff. Plus the food is great.

The Crochet Team is working with Janine to make lots of items that expats will find worth buying. Covers for drinking glasses and bowls to keep the flies away are very popular. The lovely crocheted umbrellas, custom ordered, are wonderful gifts. The wine bottle Santas are going quickly, as are the dog sweaters and bow ties. Be sure to make it to the craft fair outside Viva Mexico on December 8th from 11:00 to about 2:00 pm. We are posting on Facebook other places that you may go to buy their products. Dog sweaters and other pet items are on sale at Lakeside Friends of the Animals in Riberas.


English classes are completing their first semester. We will all take a break beginning on December 17th. In January, we will be reorganIzing the groups depending on the exam scores and creating a space for a few new groups. The gardeners want to come back and learn more English; housekeepers have asked if they can have a class that focuses on what needs to be said when cleaning. Plus more beginners have asked for a class. So, we'll be putting out a volunteer needs list soon.

The students take their semester exam on either December 6th or December 15th. We need many volunteers to help with the exams, since this time most of the exam is verbal. It's easy to help and you won't need any Spanish. So, if you can help either day at 4 pm and/or 5 pm., let us know.

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Procession for the

Virgin of Guadalupe


December 12th is a great day to come for dinner at Viva Mexico and see a very special procession. Don't be surprised if most of the villagers are in the procession and only a few Expats are there to witness this. The honor the people of San Juan Cosala give the Virgin is quite moving. They are thanking her and asking for her help. Many homes and street corners have beautiful altars set up and the families sit around these and sing or pray. Come on over and enjoy this Mexican moment.  

Plan on being at Viva Mexico by   5 p.m. You can order your drinks and even place your food order before the procession starts. The wait staff is very used to managing our orders while we are witnessing the procession.

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Our families look forward to Christmas Eve at Operation Feed. They struggle with countless challenges in their daily lives. Health care isn't really free and many have expensive health issues. School isn't free either; if they have a child in Prep in Joco the bus fare alone is at least 100 pesos a week. Repairs to their houses are constant, and some don't even have what we would call a home. So, coming to Operation Feed and receiving gifts and a chicken dinner makes the holiday season special for them.

Chicken Dinners

A complete chicken dinner (or two if the family is large) is freshly cooked in the morning and given to the families at the Christmas Party.


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Family Gifts

This year each family will be getting "Tupperware-like" containers to keep their food safe.

They also receive a bag with the small soaps, shampoos, etc. that those of you who travel bring back to us.

Finally the families get to choose from the gift table made up of gently used items that have been donated throughout the year.

If you have some gently used items that would be useful Christmas gifts, let us know. The families love towels, blankets, kitchen items, and purses. Also they love jewelry and pretty things they would never buy for themselves.

We will be organizing the gifts around 9 am on the 20th of December at Viva Mexico.

Children Gifts

GO restaurant sponsors a gift tree for the Operation Feed children 12 and under. Each ornament has the name and age of a child who is hoping for a gift ...a toy or stuffed animal or fun PJs.

The Egg Ladies collect small stocking stuffer items and make up a bag for each child, as well. The child gets items such as pencils, hair ribbons, a small car, some candy, etc. This year the "stuffing" takes place on December 18th around noon at Viva Mexico.

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Want to help?  There's a Christmas form on our website that shows all the help days/times or email Carol Curtis if you already know what you want to do.  And, of course, donations of money is always on our wish list. We not only have to fund the Christmas party, but we still need the 30,000 pesos a month for the food program.

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