The other day, I finally unloaded all the huge bags of clothes I've been hauling around for months. A bunch of pals in Chicago had donated tons of great clothes, stuffed animals, etc...for me to bring to Mexico and I ended up finding a great organization to donate them all to.
Casa de los Angeles is a bright and cheery daycare center just off Pila Seca in SMA that assists poverty striken single moms---by providing FREE day care for their kiddies. Little ones that would otherwise stay home alone while their mama went to work trying to make a buck. Everyone is under the impression that SMA is "the rich part of Mexico," but I'm here to tell you...deep poverty does exist here. I've been able to have wheels here since my little trailer is a tow behind and I've been up and down so many of the streets, side towns, and outskirts---on foot, with friends, and on my own. There is need everywhere and this safe, and very loving, haven helps out those in dire straits. Those strong women who had nowhere else to turn.
I came from no money and I know my parents always struggled to keep me and my bro kickin' it in the game of life. Odd jobs, constantly moving around and having to make new friends (thx for that one!), simple home cooked food--that is the story of my life in childhood (and oddly, now in adulthood--I guess I came by it honest). I can imagine what it must have been like to get a big care package of goodies for these women.
Big, mad, loving props to all my buds in Chi who were cool enough to respond to my "I need help" email. Besos from me and Casa de los Angeles in Mexico. They readily accept volunteers so if you are into coming down to work with some adorable babies and a great team of volunteers, contact them here.
In the meantime, I am DELIGHTED that my truck is free and clean again...now it's ready for the next batch of goods to come down! The last photo is my PACKED truck when I left Chicago. Good God, I am still amazed I made it all this way...well, not really...but sorta...