I’d love to show you our last stop on our Christmas Shoe Box trip. If you remember, our first gift delivery was to an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Our last stop was a church in a very poor area in Ensenada. The children and their families were wonderful and so welcoming!
In this town in Ensenada, the poorer families live high on the hills, while the “wealthier” families live below near the ocean. They all paint their homes the most lovely colors… blues, greens, all shades of pink, and bright yellow. When they build their own homes, a rogue family member must climb the power pole and attach the power line while it’s live. It’s so dangerous and many die, but they have no other means for power.
We started the Christmas party right away with a pinata. My family and I helped with the preschoolers, but the kids at the party ranged in age from three to teen.
My son, Goofy Foot, finally got a turn. He ripped into the pinata right away. Candy started to fly and kids started to run! Total chaos. Awesome!
We helped the children to different “centers”, like face painting, cookie decorating, and board games. The kids were amazing! Here we were chowing down on pinata candy before our next activity.
I couldn’t get over this little one’s eyes. What a sweetie!
We learned that this was the first time the children had ever decorated Christmas cookies. They were in awe. Goofy Foot showed them the ropes!
My daughter (left) had never decorated cookies either. She froze in this position for a good 90 seconds apparently enjoying her sugar high.
I can’t wait to show you part two tomorrow when all the children got to open their gifts. There was so much JOY!