Christmas for most Americans is a time of busyness. We run around shopping, angry because we can’t find the right gift or a parking place. We aren’t happy because we have to stand in long lines. We start to get anxious about the credit card bills that will be coming in January. It’s a time of going from one party to another. Rushing through the celebrations, so you can visit every set of grandparents and parents.
For some, Christmas is the most difficult day of year. It’s a time of sadness because of a great loss in their lives. It’s a time of loneliness. It’s a time you really want to celebrate and enjoy, but have a hard time just getting through the day. For some, there are no family celebrations, there isn’t a tree, there are no presents.
Christmas is a beautiful reminder of the gift that God gave us…His Son!! A gift that will bring peace to everyone who knows Him. A gift that will allow us to be victorious. A gift and a name that will give us HOPE in our world!
Regardless of how you spend your Christmas, we all have one thing in common- our HOPE! Hope is what allows us to live each day freely. Hope is what we look forward to everyday. Hope is what we turn to when we are struggling to get through the day! Hope is ALL we need!
Christmas in Cristo Rey is celebrated every year. For the children of our feeding program, at their homes, there are no presents, there isn’t a Christmas tree, there isn’t a feast, there aren’t celebrations after celebrations. So we decided that we, along with the help of our supporters, would celebrate Christmas with a huge party. Make it a special day for a bunch of special kids.
We start the day with music, a special lunch of fried chicken, rice, salad, bread and a drink. After lunch is done, we then give out bags of provisions- Love Bags. Each bag of food will get their family through the holidays. It is such a beautiful thing to watch, as kids receive their heavy bags of food. They are so proud walking out of the Center as they meet their mom or dad in street and hand them the bag of food. Their faces light up as they know they are helping out their family.
The day is long and tiring but so worth it. We want to thank everyone who donated money towards Christmas in Cristo Rey. Thank you for making a difference in every child’s life who is a part of our feeding program. Thank you to the volunteers who helped bottled every bottle of oil, bagged every bag of rice and beans and put every condiment in all the Love Bags!! We couldn’t do any of this without you!!!
Here is a video of our day: