What a day at Casa Santa Fe! Everyday we are blessed but today it felt extra special and we were extra blessed at the Center. It just reinforces how one person can make a world of difference. Juan Contreras last year would drive by the Center, his curiosity made him stop to ask what we were all about. I shared with Mr Contreras the services offered. He was very moved and pledged to help out in one way or another. He is employed by So CA Gas Co. After sharing with his wife all he had learned both of them started a mission. Today for the second year in a row, they collected canned foods for our pantry and purchased 20 complete family Thanksgiving dinners. I have attached pictures of this fruitful day!
It doesn’t stop there, to my surprise this year they handed over a $1000 check payable to The Margaret Aylward Center. Juan asked the Gas Company to contribute to the Center and it was approved. Teri, Lupe, Laura and I could not stop smiling and it also confirmed that giving is receiving, both Patty and Juan were just as excited! Mrs Patty Contreras also helped organize a food drive at Rivera Elementary and now our sheds are once again filled with food to give to our families. Patty and Juan are parishioners of St Marianne de Paredes in Pico Rivera, their parish is a huge supporter of the Center.
I wanted to share this and thank you for allowing me to be part of such an awesome project. The smiles on our clients faces are priceless! Enjoy the pictures.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Paz & Letty