A week or so ago I posted about the upcoming trip to Nicaragua to support Esperanca’s volunteer surgical mission program. Well the time has come! Just look at all the loot! I just had to share with you how generous our family, friends and neighbors have been to give us so many donations for the people of Nicaragua. (In addition…this wouldn’t even be possible to pull off…without generous baggage allowances…thanks to United!)
Not only is Nicaragua the poorest country in Central America, but the second poorest (Haiti being the first) in the Western Hemisphere. It’ll be so special to actually hand deliver a portion of the collection directly to the people, as we make our way along the Rio Coco into these remote villages looking for patients in need of surgery.
a few of the children of Santa Catalina
But what has been so special…and just mind blowing…is how the children of Santa Catalina Drive here in Scottsdale, Arizona have come together and brought over so many clothes to SHARE with those not quite as fortunate. I just can’t wait to give this adorable dress to a little girl…after surgery she’ll feel like a princess in this outfit!
The children of Santa Catalina are sending love, peace and happiness…to the children of Nicaragua….
Now these will certainly be entertaining!
And can you only imagine how happy a bunch of little girls are going to be…
when they get one of these colorful, adorable dresses?
Yes, we have clothing for the boys too…but girlie stuff is so much more fun to photograph!
And look at all of these brand new backpacks! Many are filled with a little sleeping bag!
It just filled my heart when I learned that the parents of the children bring them all together once a week to discuss virtues…yes, virtues. Well there’s no doubt…all of the children of Santa Catalina have demonstrated accountability, compassion, detachment, commitment, diligence, and I’m sure many other virtues that I can’t even think of! Thank you all so much!
A few more things to toss in the suitcase and then…hasta luego! The first week there will be no access to internet as this will be the most remote travel experience yet, and I’m not sure how much the second week…but know that I’ll be so eager to share as soon as possible during the trip, as well as when I return on March 9th!
Until then! gg