It’s not often that one gets to see immediate results of their donations or knows that all of the money received goes directly to those who need it the most. For $800 we bought over 1,000 pounds of food for 125 families. That averages out to be $6 for each goodie bag. Thanks, Kris, for figuring that one out for me. 🙂 No overhead costs, no administrative costs…all the money goes directly to these lovely families of Los Ramos.
On Saturday, Ron and I walked…and sometimes climbed, scooted, and tramped over boulders to get into Los Ramos to help distribute the food bags to each family. See my earlier post.
When we arrived, Ever’s family was busy scooping rice, pouring cooking oil into small plastic bags, and packing the bags for 125 families living in Los Ramos. Landslides destroyed their community.
Since I was too busy to take photos, the following photos are from Rich, who took us on the shopping spree for the food and other items. Thanks Rich! I wanted you to see some of the beautiful people you helped.
After a busy afternoon, Lilieth called us into her kitchen, where she had made fresh empanadas and rosquillas in her adobe oven for us to take home. Can you believe this?
Walking through the valley, headed home, we pass the church. Music and song flowed through the community. Everyone had gone to the church after receiving their gifts to give thanks. This was so touching. I cried all the way up the boulder strewn hill.
The donations are still rolling in. I’m going to start thinking BIG! Maybe solar panels, or bulldozers, or bridges. Who knows! With your help we can make life a little better for the resilient Los Ramos residents. My heart is filled with their amazing grace for your generosity and loving kindness.