Day 240: Angelica

2 Dec

Angelica is from Guanajuato, Mexico and she has been a member of the Ashland Rotary for five years. It was in a Rotary committee meeting that Angelica suggested that our club help the people of Guanajuato. And soon afterwards, our Rotary club held the first “Taste of Guanajuato” dinner and raised thousands of dollars to build homes for the people who live in the hills outside of Guanajuato.

My husband and I volunteered to work at the first Taste of Guanajuato dinner and two years later we volunteered to prepare the food for the second dinner with the help of Scott and Gina Allen. We had no idea of the impact that this would have on our lives. A few months after that dinner we agreed to go to Guanajuato to help paint the homes of the folks we had helped. To say that it was transformational would be an understatement.

We live in a country full of opportunity but often we don’t realize how much we truly have. When our Rotary group visited the families living out in the hillside of Guanajuato we were all humbled. These people had little in the way of material things but they did not seem to care. And now, because of the good people who had donated money, these folks would have a real home of their own. They were so, so grateful and we all felt so happy to be able to have a part in this. I can only imagine that this is how Santa Claus feels every Christmas.

For the experiences that we had in Guanajuato, and for many other reasons, tonight I brought a Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake pie to Angelica. I wanted to thank her for her passion for helping others… and for her tenacity in getting us all on board to help her. I am grateful for the chance to have helped in this amazing project.

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