Loving Arms is a Canadian charity working to transform the lives of the people we serve living in Guatemala.
Friday was a very busy day with the crochet and sewing co-ops both returning for their lessons. What progress was made! The crochet group grew yet again as they are having such a great time learning this new skill. Some of them are almost half way done making their first purse! What an amazing job they have done. The sewing group was finishing making a new little change purses. They were very excited to see their final product!
There were so many books that had been donated by many groups including the Huntsville Rotary and the Huntsville Library. The books were sorted and categorized so that they would be ready for the new bookshelves.
Some members of the team were able to organize the storage shed and fill it with items donated by our many family and friends in Canada. Many thanks to everyone who donated these items.
The afternoon was a very emotional event as we filled the new house with bunk beds, a double bed, kitchen table, benches and so much more for the Suy family. The family consists of a single mom (widow) with 6 children aged between 3 months and 12 years of age.
There were new sheets, blankets, dishes, pots and pans, cleaning supplies, new clothing and toys for everyone. The shoes were generously donated and very well appreciated by the family. It was very heart warming to see the little children so excited over the stuffed animals that were given to them. Linda and Betty shared a message and prayer to dedicate their new home. There were tears of joy on all faces in the house that day. The mom especially thanked everyone and thanked God for providing this beautiful home for them. Grace made a valance for the wall with Noah’s animals on it and it made the house look very homey! Thanks to Valerie, one of the children will now be sponsored. This means that they will receive a food package monthly and be able to attend school in the new year. With our team there are now three additional needy families that will be able to have more food and attend school!
At the end of the day, Cynthia and I said our goodbyes to the rest of the team. We have had a great week getting to know one another and sharing in this great cause. On behalf of Loving Arms I would like to thank them all for their dedication and support of these families.
Cynthia and I took Giovanni, our housekeeper’s (Carmen) son, down the street of Parramos to buy a kite (as many of the children, families and Corporations do here on Nov. 1st – All Saints Day) and a chocolate bar! What a treat for him. The kite cost us 5 Q’s or about 60 cents. What fun we had!
Betty and Cynthia
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