Local businesses also get involved as they buy some of the food to help the money go further. Playacommunity.com purchased 80 canned hams, Ferreteria HIM (ferreteria is Spanish for hardware store) bought a bunch of food items, and Mailboxes Etc. donated reusable bags to hold the food. The Coronado Equestrian Club donated space in their office to store the food which will also serve as a place to build the baskets with other CASA members. And what a treat it was when our favorite band, "Poco Locos" came out of retirement and did a fundraiser performance that helped cover the costs of the food.
Poco Loco's Band
Stock Boys Loading Up Our Car
In The End The Toilet Paper Fit Inside of The Car
Our Helpers Working Hard
Vacant House Used For Storage Facility
More Stuff Piled Up
Ferreteria HIM In The Back Of This Mini Mall
The baskets will be distributed on January 6 which is also the Feast Of Three Kings here in Panama. Each child will be made to feel like a king or queen as they're crowned with foam crowns made prior to the event by CASA members. A local woman and church get involved to serve up lunch and ice cream as CASA volunteers hand out balloons. Many of the gringo's like ourselves get involved with local orphanages, churches and other groups that serve to help the community. It's nice to give a little something back to the community and help those less fortunate than ourselves. The holidays are a time of giving, sharing and being grateful for our new lives in this beautiful country we now call home......along the gringo trail.