Caring and Sharing

20121220 BentsenPalmVillage Caring 2Editor’s Note: We asked the RV resorts and mobile home parks to share with us some of the things their park residents are doing to help the poor and the needy at Christmastime. Following are some of the heart-warming responses we received.

Thank you, Winter Texans, for caring and reaching out to help others – especially the children.

Butterfly Blossoms of Giving
By Guy and Juanita Carvajal

Residents at Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort, Retama Village and Chicktime selected paper butterflies listing a child’s gender, shoe size and wish list. They had the option to shop for that particular child or make a monetary donation. They printed and cut out the butterflies, purchased wrapping supplies then wrapped and labeled gifts for the Rio Grande Children’s Home.

Some volunteers baked cookies and supplied refreshments for the gift-giving event held at the National Butterfly Center in Mission on Dec. 15. The remaining proceeds will be used to purchase gift cards to shoe stores and department stores in order to ensure that every child gets a new pair of shoes, clothing and jacket.

It has been a joyful experience for all involved.

20121220 WinterHavenResort CaringWinter Haven Resort Gives to Skinner Elementary School
By Buzz and Dawn Morgan

On Friday, Dec. 14, Christmas came early for the first graders of Skinner Elementary School in Brownsville. Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers from Winter Haven Resort in Brownsville we have sewn, decorated and filled stockings with school supplies and goodies for each of the 108 children this year. They also receive books, Beanie Babies, Barbie dolls for the girls and trucks for the boys. Winter Haven's own Santa and Mrs. Claus also made a surprise visit to hand out teddy bears and stuffed animals. This annual event brings as much joy to the volunteers as it does to the children.

We’re already started on next year. We’ll take monetary donations, teddy bear and stuffed animals, Barbie dolls, first grade level books (in good condition), Beanie Babies, bolts of red or green felt, white fleece and items to decorate the stockings. Please help us collect throughout the year to help this continue to be a successful event.

Butterfly Blossoms of Giving
By Guy and Juanita Carvajal

Residents at Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort, Retama Village and Chicktime selected paper butterflies listing a child’s gender, shoe size and wish list. They had the option to shop for that particular child or make a monetary donation. They printed and cut out the butterflies, purchased wrapping supplies then wrapped and labeled gifts for the Rio Grande Children’s Home.

Some volunteers baked cookies and supplied refreshments for the gift-giving event held at the National Butterfly Center in Mission on Dec. 15. The remaining proceeds will be used to purchase gift cards to shoe stores and department stores in order to ensure that every child gets a new pair of shoes, clothing and jacket.

It has been a joyful experience for all involved.

Citrus Mobile Park is Giving the Gift of Hearing
By Rosemary Laughlin

Last year the residents of Citrus Mobile Park in Edinburg purchased and wrapped gifts for the children in a neighboring colonia. Recently, the Citrus Red Hat ladies learned of a student (whom they have called Maria) at Lucas Elementary School in McAllen who is very much in need of hearing aids. So the ladies met and designed envelopes to hang on a Christmas tree to collect money for "Maria’s" (not her real name) hearing aids. The deadline to give to this cause is Christmas, when the gift will be given to her doctor for the hearing aids.

Kenwood RV Resort Gives Quilts and Hats
By Sandy Cuellar

Our Winter Texans here at Kenwood RV Resort in La Feria, have been making quilts and knitting hats for several organizations and the needy since 1999. There are about 25 Winter Texans that get involved in the making of these quilts and hats. They start making the quilts and knitting hats in November and continue through the end of March.

Some of the organizations they donate to are: Sunny Glenn Homes; Family Crisis Center; Loaves and Fishes; Hospice Care; Maggie’s House; Hope Mission in Rio Bravo, and they also donate to Mexico families, abandoned children, migrant families and anyone else that is in need.

I am happy to say that we have some wonderful ladies here at our park that donate their time for the needy.

Quiet Village II Gives to Singletary Elementary School
By George Epley

Quiet Village II has collected toys, clothes and food and have it all boxed up. We’ll be filling 100 lunch bags with nuts, candy, toys and an apple and taking some, as part of the project, on Thursday morning to a special class. On Thursday afternoon we’ll go back with the rest of those bags and boxes of food for the families, along with toys and clothes and the school will distribute it to those who need it.

This is the first year we’ve tried to do something for Christmas. We asked for donations here at the park and they overwhelmed us. We started out with the thought of adopting a family, but the first thing we knew we had a whole lot more than for just a family.

We got the name of Singletary Elementary School because we wanted to stay in our school district in Donna. They were happy to take what we had.

We’re not doing it for the glory. We’re just doing it for the kids and the families that need it. That’s what we’re here for.

More to Come Next Issue

Thank you to all the folks who shared these delightful experiences with us and with our readers. Look for more Caring and Sharing stories from Winter Texans in next week’s edition of the Winter Texan Times.

Merry Christmas everyone.

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