A letter of Thanks to San Pedro from The Liberty Orphanage

Hello from warm Belize!
Today Liberty is filled with laughter and excitement as kids rush around after their remote toys or zip pass on bicycles!
The morning started with Santa getting picked up at the airport; he left the North Pole in time to make it to Belize and deliver the children’s presents.  Of course even the most mischievous categorically claimed they were good boys and girls and Santa bought it too as he distributed all the presents.  Then we loaded him into the van and rushed him back to the airport in time to catch his flight back to theNorth pole.
There are remote control helicopters buzzing in the air, ATVs, motor cycles, race cars, and other vehicles speeding by.  Richard has challenged everyone to a race as he jumps up and down yelling “I’m gonna win!”
Of course there was one little set back that we did not plan for, BATTERIES!  Just about every toy required batteries and none of theneighborhood stores opened today.  However, our volunteer Laura was leaving today so when I took her to the airport I was able to find batteries there!  Whew, lesson learned!
  Jada and Zarina are getting guitar lessons from Patrick our volunteer and Brittney and Jessica are singing their hearts out on their newkaraoke machine.  Lena, Marylin, Reanna, and Kelsey are trying to decide whether or not they want to use the mixes that came in their cake decorating and bakery kit or candy making kit.  Shenelle got so many presents she couldn’t carry them all and the youngest of them Nia can be seen running up and down from the basketball courts to the front gate, stopping briefly to yell, “hi miss Delfena!”   It’s great to see them happy.
Shannon, Jaden, Lori, Abner, and Asher went on respite with their aunt for the weekend.  We definitely miss their presence here.  Tyrell had the option to go on respite with Kari but chose to spend the holidays with us.
 Dana, the suitcase was dropped off along with the phone card for Tyrell to call.  I need the phone number so he can call.
People are definitely thinking of us as we have been getting visitors from the local community stopping by all week dropping off food items, or little gifts for the children.  It is so nice knowing that people care.
I’ve attached a few presents of the children at their outing to Waikiki beach this week and a couple I was able to get of Santa arrival, unfortunately my camera died very early on but Stacey was able to capture the moment with her camera.  Hop[e to get copies of her photos once she gets back from the cayes tomorrow.
I hope all your Christmas are merry and bright!
Delfena Mitchell
Director, Liberty Children’s Home

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