Friday, December 09, 2005

Project Mexico of the Orthodox Church Request...

Seven years ago I helped organize a group to go down to Project Mexico to build a home for a needy family. This led to me moving down to San Diego and working for Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage for almost 2 1/2 years (and where Paul and I met... we was also working for Project Mexico as a long term volunteer). Anyway, the family that we built the home for seven years ago is not your typical Project Mexico-home-receiving-family. Most families, after receiving their new homes, do not have any other connection with Project Mexico or the orphanage (and none is required of them). But this family is different. They would come to the orphanage for services; not all the time, but every so often. They used their home as a small distribution center for food and clothing to others in their colonia. The husband has done odd jobs around the orphanage, always ready to lend a helping hand. In other words... they have stayed connected to Project Mexico over these seven years and have taken the gift that we gave them and turned it into their own way of giving (and, obviously, the experience of giving them a home had a profound effect on the 25 people from Holy Trinity who built the home... and, obviously it had a profound and lasting impact on my life:).

The request is this... this family, when we built the home for them, had two children. And they are having another baby. The wife is 7 months pregnant. A few weeks ago she started bleeding. That has now turned into hemorrhaging. She has been hospitalized, and will continue to be hospitalized and on bedrest for the next two weeks when they will do a c-section. They baby, so far, is healthy and doing fine. But the family does not have the money to cover these type of medical expenses. So... I don't get many readers to my blog but if any of my faithful readers feel compelled, we (myself and a friend of mine who went on that trip) are collecting money for this family. Our goal is a minimum of $2000. That would really help them out. If you feel like this is something you can do, please either get in touch with me (cdblankenstein[at]hotmail[dot]com) or you can send a check made out to Project Mexico and mail it to them (P.O. Box 120028 Chula Vista, CA 91912-3128) with a memo "for Lalo & Elisa". Thank you.


papa herman said...

i heard that you met my daughter, Tansy, this weekend.

Mimi said...

Oh my goodness, they are in my prayers.

I didn't know you did that work for Project Mexico, that's very wonderful!