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Starting a Tradition

While walking through the many colonias, which together, make up what most of us call La Colonia, I realized just how poor many of the folks living there really are. I decided to see what I could do to help them better manage their holiday season and began starting a tradition, I hope. I asked around to find out just what they could use and found that many do not have enough money to buy food, let alone any presents for each other.

That did it. I decided to purchase food and somehow distribute it. I found that buying the food required some expertise in knowing what foods might be needed or wanted. I confronted my God-children’s parents, Rosalva and Adan with my thoughts and we came up with a proposed shopping list.

I grabbed a shopping cart at Fruiteria Varilla in La Peñita, and proceeded to fill it up. I decided to only take exactly what each family would receive according to my list. This cart filling was just for figuring how much this was going to cost me.

Here is what I purchased 100 each of:  4 roll package of toilet paper, 4 each of small packages of pasta, 2 cans each of tuna fish and sardines, 1 kilo of sugar, 1 kilo of corn flour, 1 kilo each of 2 kinds of beans and 1 kilo of lentils, dish washing soap, floor multi-cleaner, vegetable oil, crackers and rice.

After about 10 minutes of filling my cart, I went to see Ana, the proprietor of the store and have here come up with a price for 100 sets of everything on my shopping list. We arranged a time when she could have it pulled from the shelves, bagged and then delivered to La Colonia. We decided on December 29th for the distribution date.

They delivered the pickup truck load, along with some extras, donated by Ana, to a central location and we began carrying bags around to deliver to the most needy folks we could find. Ana also donated 6 huge bags of oranges that we then repackaged into smaller bags. She also donated the sorting and bagging of the 100 bags and truck loading, and delivery and help unloading.  Thank you Ana! And thank goodness Adan borrowed a pickup and driver to do some of the big hauling throughout La Colonia.

It was a labor of love to carry those heavy bags around and distribute them.  We sure did create a lot of smiling faces and you could feel the love as they did their best to say thank you in English and the occasional Feliz Navidad and Feliz Año Nuevo!

All of us involved, including some children, are looking forward to doing the same thing again. We missed some families and we will certainly figure out a way to provide for them next time. The ones we missed were mostly the ones that had their whole families working the beach in Guayabitos selling whatever they made.

I am looking for ideas of a better way to do this again and again and again. I don’t have any dates in mind, but if someone wants to get involved and help make some of the decisions, I would certainly appreciate it. I love giving to our hosts. It makes you feel all fuzzy inside.

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13 Reviews on “Starting a Tradition”

  1. :

    We’ve done something similar in more isolated areas on Nayarit. Can you please be in touch with me?

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      Hola Liana, ALL FOOD DELIVERIES HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED! Muchas Gracias

  2. :

    I would be glad to contribute a little money to your cause . we come to Guayabitos in Feb/march each year . Let me know if this is a good way to do it,maybe we could touch bases in Feb. we stay at the Steffany.

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      Hola Wayne, ALL FOOD DELIVERIES HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED. Muchas Gracias

  3. :

    It would give everybody a better idea if you gave us the approximate cost of each dispensa, then people could plan how many dispensas the would like to help with. I know we did this last year in our area, and it was amazing. One of our best Christmases ever. Good job David!!

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      Hola Dawn, DELIVERIES HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED!! Muchas Gracias

  4. :

    There are still some wonderful people in this world!!! Thank you for doing that.

  5. :

    Good for you, David. We (Women to Women/Mujeres a Mujeres Fashion Show) also distribute bolsas every year to families of students in reduced circumstances at the secondaria (Jr. High) school in La Penita. There is so much need -- as you say, many people have nothing, including much food. It makes everyone involved feel like they're at least helping and doing "something" to make a family's life a little less stressful.

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      Hola Linda, ALL FOOD DELIVERIES HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED! Muchas Gracias

  6. :

    This a great idea David. I would be honoured to be a contributor. I also have a car and would be more than happy to help distribute the gifts of food and supplies.

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      Hola Bob, ALL FOOD DELIVERIES HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED. ! Muchas Gracias

  7. :

    What a great idea David. We would be happy to help out next year. Let us know how and when.

    1. :

      Hola Mary and Bev, We were to be distributing again on February 13th, but due to circumstances beyond my control, all food deliveries have been halted, at least for the near future. I am sorry for whatever inconvenience this may cause. Gracias for your interest.

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