Giving Tuesday was a big success and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to donate on our various campaigns! We raised almost three times as much as we did last year and it seems like the trend is catching on all over the world as millions of dollars were raised by charities around the globe. It is pretty neat to see that, after all the big spending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday that people are also taking a day to give back. But don't worry, if you didn't have a chance to make a donation on Giving Tuesday, everyday is a good day to give! Today however, its Thank You Thursday! So we want to say thanks! Thanks so much for all that you do for us and for caring about our kids. We know that there are so many things in the world, in your community and probably in your own family, where your help is needed. But you make the time and effort to help us! So thanks for your help and your love!
The impact of a donation
You have made a difference!
We want you to know how much your help means to us! Because really, your donation, no matter how big or small really goes a long way here at Casa Guatemala! So as part of an initiative that will hopefully win us $3000, we have set out to illustrate what the impact of a donation is. Thankfully, we have some pretty incredibly talented volunteers with us! Our wonderful, long standing volunteer Michelle Adyniec does so much that I could write an entire newsletter just on how great she is, but for now, I will focus on her new found skill as a viral video creator. I told Michelle about the contest and what the idea behind it was and she set off to show you just how your donation impacts us here. She did a really great job and even if we don't win the contest, I think this video will be a powerful tool well into the future! I think you will agree.
At Casa Guatemala, we know how to make every donation count! And your donation no matter how big or small goes a long way! Thanks to @PIRegistry for this great initiative in showcasing the #ImpactOfADonation
Christmas is around the corner
Casa Guatemala is celebrating
We are only three weeks away from Christmas and it seems like the time is just flying by! We are working hard to make some really great crafts and decorations with the kids out of recycled materials as you can see in the video and we have started our local toy drive here in Rio Dulce to try to get ready for the big day! It is always such a magical experience and even though it is the most stressful time of the year, it is also the happiest! We still need lots of help to meet our year end fundraising goal and ensure we have a Merry Christmas for all of the children! This year, as we continue our new tradition of summer school classes, we will once again have a Christmas party on the last day for the children who have come throughout their vacations. There will be a nice lunch for the kids, presents from Santa and each grade will be performing in the Christmas Concert! We will be sure to share so make sure you are following us on all our social media links!
If you haven't had a chance to see our new website, you should check that out too! We think you will find it really easy to donate online and we hope that you will help us to reach our goal and make Christmas a special occasion for all of the kids who depend on us.