This year’s Barbie Angel Project outperformed all expectations. At the beginning of the season I had set a goal of 1,000 Barbie dolls, and when the final count was made we had 1,150 Barbies donated. They came from individuals living in Canada and the United States, from East to West Coasts and places in between. They were collected from many sources in their communities including Goodwill, The Salvation Army, various other thrift shops, yard and garage sales. One interesting source was the Occupational Therapy Students Organization at Stony Brook College on Long Island who contacted me via internet. They said, as their annual community project, they would collect Barbie dolls to send to the girls in Mexico. I was delighted. Thanks to two volunteer RVers, the three boxes were transported to the La Peñita RV Park and eventually joined the others being reconditioned at a Barbie Dressing Party.
Thanks to a very faithful and dedicated crew of a dozen volunteer elves, who spent nearly 100 hours at Barbie Dressing Parties, all of the dolls were bathed, coiffed and dressed. Other help came in the form of hundreds of crocheted, knitted and sewed outfits contributed by four creative ladies.
With all of this concerted help during the three weeks before Christmas, we were able to get them ready for delivery to the various schools, organizations and individuals who helped Santa distribute them as holiday gifts to so many delighted little girls.
The groups who benefited from this charitable project were the schools in Villa Morelos, La Joya, El Divisadero, the organization of Unidos por Bahia de Jaltemba in La Peñita, the communities of Los Ayala, Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peñita, La Colonia and Casa Hogar Orphanage in Puerto Vallarta. Our own Nurse Vicky Flores and Friends took many of them to the Huichol Indian families who live in the hills near Tepic. Several other individual groups delivered them to small communities in the nearby hill areas including El Capomo and Talpa.
My heartfelt thanks to all who make this such a heartwarming annual project, one which could not be done without you.
I wish one and all a happy and prosperous New Year!
Geri de Moss “The Barbie Lady/Gramma”
These are some of the photos from the village of El Capomo, Nayarit, Mexico, where many La Peñita RV Park residents volunteered their time, ATVs, etc. to distribute gifts to all the children in the village and make their Christmas a little bit more joyous.
A few of the girls who received Barbies at La Joya school…
Barbies were also given away during Nurse Vicky Flores’ visit to the Huichol Indian community of Zitacua, Tepic, Nayarit on December 22nd…
Behind the scenes at the Barbie Dressing Party on December 5th where the “Barbie Angel Project” volunteers get the Barbies ready…
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