It’s become a tradition for us to go into the same small community on Christmas Eve to give out toys and spread a little Christmas cheer to families we know are in need. While we know that Christmas isn’t about gifts, and toys come and go pretty quickly, we believe it’s still a donation that has a long-lasting impact.
Showing a child love, letting them know you were thinking of them and giving them the simple, childlike joy that comes with opening up a gift that’s just for you is something we hope they’ll always remember!
If you’ve been following along our donations since the beginning you know that one of our first donations was to Jose and Jessica.
Since then, so much has happened to their family. Their oldest daughter, Marily has continued to struggle with her health and an undiagnosed disability and when the crisis in Nicaragua hit last April, Jose lost his job.
Thankfully around that same time, this little business was growing and we were able to hire Jose on to help with a lot of the logistics work here in Nicaragua so he could continue to pay for his daughter’s therapy and medical bills.
However, in September Marily took a turn for the worse and what was supposed to be a week’s stay in the hospital turned into a 8-month stay. Two days before Christmas, the doctors told us to go buy a coffin for her because she wasn't going to make it much longer.
We’re so thankful to say that this was not the case. Marily’s condition steadily and slowly started to improve and after 8 months in the hospital, last week she was released and returned home.
She still has an incredibly long road to recovery, weighing only 22 pounds at 5 years old and she’s not out of danger yet but there’s no doubt that this little girl is a fighter and we’re so happy for her parents and family who are overjoyed she’s back at home with them.
Marily is still dependent on a lot of medical equipment. All of the equipment Marily needs to be able to be transferred to home care was not supplied by the hospital and had to be purchased by her parents. With your help, we were able to buy various items she needed, including an oxygen tank, oximeter, feeding tubes, etc to make home care and recovery possible.
Under the doctor’s recommendations, we also installed flooring over any parts of their home that were not tiled. Because her immune system has been compromised, this will help make sure her environment is as safe and clean as possible.
As we know the needs for Marily will continue to change, we will keep donating and helping where we can to help this little girl and her family!
If you’ve followed our donations for awhile you know that a lot of them include building projects! This is a cause we love to support because we truly believe that everyone deserves a secure home in every sense of the word and creating this can have such a positive and long term impact on someone's life and well-being.
When we think of home, it should be a place we look forward to going. A place where we feel safe and sheltered and anytime it’s possible for us to give this gift to someone, we’ll do our best to make this possible. This month we were able to give this to a young man who was in need of a new space to live.
We're very grateful that with your help we were able to give the gift of a home to someone and want to thank you all for helping make it possible!
Special note: Although we typically like to give the background information of the individuals we donate to, we never do so without permission. In this instance, due to certain circumstances, we all decided it was best not to in order to protect their privacy.
previously shared living space
The beginning of a new home.
Thank you guys for helping us make these possible! We have a few other donations currently in the works and we can't wait to share them with you once they're completed!
Allison & Rachel, Xx