As the infectious Christmas adverts herald the beginning of the festive season and we begin the count down to turkey dinners, mince pies and Christmas jumpers, the menacing face of Christmas shopping begins to haunt our dreams. Whether you love or loathe it, we all spend hours traipsing around shops looking for that perfect gift for our loved ones. Something that will reflect our love for them and bring them a little slice of joy. All too quickly, however, the opportunity Christmas presents us with to be generous to one another turns into an inconvenient tradition plagued by consumerism. We have that all too familiar moment when we ask ourselves “What do I buy someone who has everything?” For charitable organisations big and small all over the world, the question is often “What do you give to someone who has nothing?”
Indeed Christmas is a vital time for charities to tap into the holiday’s giving spirit and raise vital funds to care for the most vulnerable in our societies. Hard hitting (often controversial) adverts burst the consumer Christmas bubble so carefully constructed by large corporations and force us to face uncomfortable truths about the world at a time when we want to face inwards to the comfort of our family and friends.
The best gift for Mision Mexico children: Education
At Misión México, Pam and Alan are confronted by the question: “What can we give our 50+ children who started out having almost nothing?” Rather than toys, chocolate and computer games (which would also be gratefully received this Christmas), they decided to put long term investment into their children’s education at the top of their list to Santa last year.
Thanks to nine very generous sponsors last Christmas, nine of our children´s school fees and associated costs were covered. This included Katherine’s first year at medical school and Marli’s first year at kindergarten. Enrolling these children in education is the only way we can work towards breaking the poverty cycle and setting these children on the road to reaching their full potential. The immense power of education is well known and we hope one day that all our children will have full time sponsors so they may carry on their education and realise their dreams of becoming doctors, teachers, dancers, surfers.
Thanks you for those who gave a gift this year to Mision Mexico
So as you don your armour and head into labyrinth of your local shopping centre this week let us praise you for giving gifts this year. Let us also thank all of you who you who have generously donated to Misión México this year and indeed those who have responded to our Christmas Appeal already. Thank you to those who have spread the word, gone to our fundraiser events, sent cards, volunteered your time in the UK and/or Mexico visited our website and generally supported Pam and Alan raise a large family. All your gifts have been very gratefully received.