Thank You

Loving Arms is pleased to welcome Samantha Dotson to the team. Samantha will be working as a part of the communications committee at Loving Arms, updating the blog, running social media platforms and assisting with the quarterly newsletter.

Samantha is a driven young woman who graduated from Sheridan College’s print journalism program. She works hard at Starbucks during the day and strives to build her portfolio every other possible moment.

Her strong points are event coverage, social media and photography among other things. She one day hopes to be an accomplished photojournalist and appreciates the opportunity Loving Arms has given her to gain experience towards reaching that goal.

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We are pleased to welcome Melny Alejandra Yoc Muñoz to the Loving Arms team! Alejandra will be acting as Administrative Assistant to Alicia Mendez, Director of Loving Arms Guatemala.

Alejandra is 19 years old and a certified Bilingual Secretary. She is from Chimaltenango, lives with her parents and has two siblings. She is grateful for the opportunity that Loving Arms has given her and will give her best in order to serve those in need. We are excited to have her working as a part of our team!

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Loving Arms would like to thank the Greenbank United Team who worked extremely hard in Guatemala this past week. The Greenbank United team was from Port Perry and the surrounding areas and the team was led by Juli Conard. Together they built memories that will last a lifetime, not only for themselves but for those they impacted during their time in Guatemala. We appreciated their efforts so very much.

While in Guatemala, the Greenbank United Team accomplished:
  • Build A Home
  • Adopt A Home
  • Bonding over games with the village children
  • Aiding in sewing programs at the Loving Arms Centre of Hope Training Centre
  • Build stoves
  • Hand out shoes and other necessities to children and their families
  • Put up walls at the Loving Arms property
  • Cleared ground for future greenhouses
  • Worked at Elders Centre in Parramos
We would like to thank the team for also being so diligent with their daily blogs, which kept everyone back home closely in the loop with their adventures. We look forward to seeing this team again, thank you!
Greenbank Team

September 21st, 2013
Twenty Valley Golf and Country Club

Almost 100 golfers showed up despite the weather conditions on Saturday September 21st, 2013 at Twenty Valley Golf and Country Club in Vineland for the First Annual Loving Arms Charity Golf Tournament.GolfTournament0

A BBQ Lunch was served on the patio and the golfers ate indoors hoping for the weather to change:GolfTournament5

The decision was made that despite the torrential rain (and Noah showing up with his Ark (lol)) to proceed with the tournament and to at least complete nine holes.  The players proceeded to their carts.  And the tournament got underway…  GolfTournament2

The horn was sounded after nine holes and the players returned to the clubhouse to get dry, warm up and have cocktails as the finishing touches were being made to the dinner and the prize tables.GolfTournament3

With the draw tickets all sold everyone moved to the dining room and a couple of speeches started the evening.

The Loving Arms video was shown followed by a brief description of the charity and an explanation of what the funds raised from the event would be used for.After dinner the draw took place with the club pro, Joel Martens winning the Vineland Estates Wine Package, a bottle of Ron (Rum) Zacapa won by Adam Southwick and a Jon Kaplan Picture by Harry Forrester.

The Golf Prizes were awarded to the respective winners.

Christie Gringmuth–Long Drive(W);
Mark Bisson–Closest to the pin(M);
Erin Bisson–Closest to the pin(W)
Dan Mercier – Long Drive (M);
Stephen Lockley – Putting Contest;
Beat the Pro – Sean Coghlin
Most Honest – Al Barauskas, Brian Kilmartin, Gerry Kelly, Brian O’Heare;
Second Place – Paul Coleman and Joe, Jim and Don Van der Zalm;
First Place – Craig Johnson, Sam Machado, Paul and Jeff Brace.

A live auction followed for Maple Leaf Tickets for a couple of different games, golf foursomes at a couple of different golf courses and a couple of bottles of Ron Zacappa. The evening concluded with a quick game of “Heads and Tails”, eventually won by Rod Stein. GolfTournament4

Everyone had a very enjoyable time, and the event was a great success, raising over $12,000 for the Loving Arms’ Centre of Hope (property and training centre) (see www.lovingarms.ca). Thank you to all the participants and of course the sponsors and donors who were so instrumental in making the event such a success. A special thank you to all the volunteers: Brian Gore, the Coordinator of this event, Linda Coghlin, President Loving Arms, Meghan Coghlin, Joyce Hopkins, Frances Kwong, Helen Gore and Maria Forrester.

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event on September 13th, 2014 at the same facility.

Loving Arms would like to thank the New Life Church Team who joined us in Guatemala from North Carolina. The team of 9, led by Marianne, arrived on Saturday August 3 and worked with our team in Guatemala for 1 week. Their work and dedication to our programs is very much appreciated.

As a result of their hard work the team was able to:

–          Build-a-home

–          Adopt 2 homes

–          Conduct Vacation Bible School groups in the villages where we work

–          Do a shoe distribution

–          Host a soup kitchen

–          Work on the Loving Arms property

–          Build a stove for a needy family

We trust the team enjoyed their time with Loving Arms and we look forward to seeing them again. Thank you.

Loving Arms would like to thank the Machry Family for the support given to our families and friends in Guatemala. Their work and dedication to our programs is very much appreciated. One of the food distributions that they were to participate in was pre-empted by the funeral for Maria Marta’s mother, Natalia Lopez Sinay, age 35 who died after giving birth to her 10th child. Truly a unique experience for the Machry’s but so devastating and unfortunate for the family.

We trust the Machry’s enjoyed their time with Loving Arms and we look forward to seeing them again. Thank you

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to personally thank our most recent team from the USA for their hard work and passion in helping in our communities, with our families and with the Loving Arms’ programs.

The team consisting of: Kelsey Huggins, Adam Wade, Rebecca Robinson, Lesley Hammers, McKenzie Jones, Morgan Lott, Niki Garmon, Carly Stapleton, Sarah Hardin, Emily Hardin, Abby McMillan and Mackenzie Neel accomplished so much.

This team ran Vacation Bible Schools in each of the villages we work with (using skits and crafts to teach the children about the Bible), participated in food distributions, flood wall development, property cleaning and adopted a classroom (painted the walls, brought in new desks, a white board as well as school supplies for the students and teachers).

Loving Arms has made some new friends and we were so pleased to host them. I hope they will consider returning to Guatemala again in the near future! Hope to see all of them very soon.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to personally thank our most recent team from Mississauga and Burlington for their hard work and passion in helping in our communities, with our families and with the Loving Arms’ programs.
 
The team accomplished so much. Being a smaller team of seven people, they decided to abandon their free day in order to complete all of their work before leaving this past Sunday March 24, 2013.
In just over 1 week Gail, Serena, Ray, Will, Leo, Catherine and Glen were able to: build a home for a needy family in San Bernabe (the first Loving Arms home in this village!), travelled to some of our village schools to spend time with the children, built a more efficient stove, worked on the property, distributed monthly food packages to sponsored children, visited the women’s sewing co-op in Parajax to donate a new industrial sewing machine and took the children from Parajax on a field trip.
 
Loving Arms has made some new friends and we were so pleased to host them. I hope they will consider returning to Guatemala again in the near future! Hope to see all of them very soon.
-Linda

As we approach Christmas, we consider the many blessings that each of us has received over the year.

We, the Board of Loving Arms, definitely recognizes what a blessing supporters are. We appreciate all your efforts, which has allowed Loving Arms to grow and prosper.

In keeping with the Spirit of the season, we would like to express our sincerest thanks to you all and to wish each and everyone one of you a heartfelt Merry Christmas.

With sincere thanks and gratitude from
the entire Loving Arms family in Canada and Guatemala
 Thanks to all of you- your hard work in selling and the generosity of those who bought- more than 315 plants were sold. This total is the highest yet…topping our former highest of  270. We are grateful for your faith in Loving Arms in general and our scholarship program in particular. We believe it is such a worthwhile program. It helps children who could not otherwise afford it to continue their studies.
Education is the first step in breaking the cycle of poverty – or at least that is what Loving Arms believes and why we continue to support all education programs in the communities we work. Others include Adult Literacy, Adult Continuing Education, Stay In School (mandatory school supplies), Adopt A Classroom (refurbishing classrooms with paint, fans, desks, chairs, white boards, filing cabinets, book cases etc.), school shoes and the newly mandatory uniforms.