By Victor Castillo Sr.:Three Christmases ago a group of friends and relatives in Orange Walk town made a pact. Instead of exchanging gifts for Christmas they all agreed to join the money and make good use of it to give back to the community.
With that in mind Corazones que ayudan was born.
The group this past weekend targeted the villages of San Juan and Black Creek area in the Trail Farm Village in the Orange Walk District where they visited over seven families.
In an interview with William Smith, co-founder of Corazones que ayudan indicated that with the help of family members the project has been a success ever since.
Smith added that each year they go shopping for basic food such as rice, beans, flour, coffee and toothpaste just to mention a few and collect quality used clothing, clothes for infants right up to adults for both male and female. “We pick a day to sort out the clothing to make sure it’s something we would want to wear for ourselves and then bag or box by gender and size.”
This year the group called on students to donate toys, which they managed to issue to less privileged children.
The families are selected with the help of the Department of Human Development.
“It’s hard when you go and see the living conditions of people, we get very emotional, you cry with them,” added Smith.
The groups plans are to continue with this generosity, “After all Christmas is a time to share and Care,” Smith said.