Monday, January 01, 2007

Feliz Navidad y Un Prospero Ano Nuevo

Christmas in the Yucatan
Thanks to the generosity of many & long days of hard work...the wishes of many special children and their families came true this holiday season! Carrie's Heart had an incredible holiday season with school groups, work groups, church groups & individual donors joining together to allow us to truly share the meaning of the season with the most special & deserving of children in the Yucatan. We were able to truly give from our heart - far beyond what we had planned. Carrie's Heart sponsored over 100 children at Centro de Atencion Multiple in Playa & Cozumel. We literally sponsored the entire CAM school in Cozumel for their first Christmas! Volunteers worked long hours playing Santa...specifically choosing the perfect gift for each child & having it ready the day of the parties! In addition to our 3 families on the island of Cozumel, we also began sponsorship for a new young man named David. All four families were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support shown through the Christmas giving for each family. Each family received a gift card for their holiday meal & purchases, gifts for each child in the family, a special "take care of yourself" gift for each mom and supplies specific to each child with special needs to help care for them & to improve their quality of life in the home. Words can not even begin to express the incredible experiences that we had in the Yucatan. Read about Christmas in Mexico -

Eid in Egypt
In addition to the wonderful holiday celebrations in Mexico, Carrie's Heart also supported an important holiday celebration in another part of the world...Egypt. Carrie's Heart director Nora Nasr coordinated the efforts, working with local contacts in Egypt to host a traditional Eid feast for the entire group of young men who live at the Mareg Foundation for Mental Development in Cairo.
The feast was held in celebration of Eid Al-Adha: Festival of the Sacrifice, one of the most important religious holidays that is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. In the spirit of giving and charity practiced by people of Muslim faith during Eid Al-Adha and year round, Carrie's Heart provided the meat and trimmings to make for a wonderful day of celebration for the young men at Mareg. Thank you to Nora & the Carrie's Heart contacts in Egypt who helped make this special day come together. Pictures to come soon!

Wishes for a Prosperous New Year!
We can not express enough our appreciation of the support that each of you have given to Carrie's Heart this year. It has been an incredible year...filled with joy, challenges, laughter, lessons learned, amazing experiences, lives touched & differences made! Joining together we have begun to show that it is possible to make a difference in the child at a time. It is our hope that with each year our organization will grow & prosper, so that we can make the difference in the lives of even more precious children. Thank you for your continued support!

Carrie’s Heart
Incorporated June, 2005
Granted 501(c)(3) status December, 2005

International Missions:
· Eight mission trips since June, 2005
· Visits to eight special education programs in Mexico and Egypt
· Delivery of over 2000 lbs of supplies
(educational, nutritional & medical)
· Delivery of 14 pieces of adaptive equipment
· Provided financial support for the life changing surgeries
of 3 special children from the Yucatan
· Sponsoring 3 children with severe disabilities from the island of Cozumel & 1 child in Carrillo Puerto
Childfind Missions in the Yucatan - Ongoing
· 2 Carrie’s HeART projects at CAM in Playa
· Supported 3 Christmas parties at CAM schools
· Working with local governmental agencies & non profit organizations in the regions served

Local Events:
· Sponsored 3 children in summer enrichment activities
· Sponsored 7 inclusive community events for children with disabilities to enjoy with family & friends
· Upcoming: Carrie’s Heart Coffee Club
· Upcoming: Summer Theater Camp with KVPAC

We wish you a new year filled with
love, joy and hope!
Thank you!

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