On Christmas morning, after a late night of celebration, me and four friends gathered together our bags of toys and make-up and headed to the Wal-Mart to join in the 29th annual Christmas at the Dump. Forty-five vehicles were loaded up with around 180 volunteers, 860 cooked chickens from three different rotisseries, 1900 bottles of water, 900 bars of laundry soap, 300 soccer balls, toys for all age groups, clothing, shoes, razors and of course loads of candies. When we arrived, as the organizers configured the distribution site, I wandered around looking for a table to help set up, I felt a little hands on my leg, I quickly looked down and saw the sweetest little girl with her hands out for candies or gifts. Luckily, I had a stash in my pocket, I humbly offered her some sweets and a little regalo, she then jumped in my arms to give me the biggest hug along with the sincerest smile, she literally made my heart melt and brought tears to my eyes. I quickly understood why this event has been going on for so long.
Christmas at the Dump was first started by Vera. She started distributing chickens, rice and beans to the families around the dump for 20 years. It has grown tremendously in the past 9 years, with the generosity of family and friends, who throughout the year gather clothes, shoes, toys and many other much needed goods, which allow them to share with the less fortunate during the holidays. It is important to mention that they are by no means any type of organization; they are simply a group of family and friends who enjoy getting together once a year at Christmas to give back to the community.
It was a tremendously humbling experience; I fell asleep that night counting my blessings. The joy of giving and sharing is the best gift you can give yourself. So if at any time you would like to make any clothing, shoes or toy donations; they are already accepting them for next year. I invite you to send me an email and I will gladly put you in contact with the organizers.
As the holiday season comes to an end, and I put away my one Christmas decoration, I wish to say that life is beautiful and life is grand, thank you Mexico for making this Holiday Season so bright and wonderful…Despite the rain! Until next week, Happy New Year!