What this month’s newsletter covers:
- Complete your end-of-the-year donations this month by helping us secure tablets and meals for families! Visit our website or contact our office if you have any questions.
- We completed two house builds with volunteer groups on December 4th. Look to our social media to see them hard at work!
- Find out how much donors raised on Giving Tuesday! Thank you for your donations.
- We’re learning about Mexico’s holiday season for this month’s ¡Corazón Classroom!
End of the Year Appeal
Your 2020 holiday donations delivered the meals and resources our Corazón families needed during the holidays last year. However, we continue to estimate fewer sponsored builds, and with your generosity, we can bridge that gap!
Our goal is to raise $150,000. You can help us reach our goal by making a holiday donation to our year-end appeal. Your donations will be used to secure tablets, food and to fund Corazón programs in Mexico.
Your donations are tax-deductible.
Program and Community Member Highlight
December 4th House Builds
The Friends of Frank Bartolini and the HB Friends of Corazón groups traveled to our Valle de las Palmas community to volunteer on December 4th! Both groups completed a home for families living in our community. We’re overjoyed that the Friends of Frank Bartolini and HB Friends of Corazón joined Corazón for these projects!
Visit our social media to see the outcome of their builds soon!
Community Member Highlight
Kevin is a Corazón scholarship student and a 4th year architecture major. He is currently leading an art class for the younger children in our communities and plans to start a workshop for baile folclorica (traditional folk dance). We want to thank Kevin for everything he does with Corazón!
Corazón donors raised a total of $25,000 for Giving Tuesday!
Our fundraiser for tablets and meals continues! Please help us reach our end of the year goals by donating today!
Thank you for your donations.
Mexico’s Holiday Season
Many traditions make the holiday season in Mexico special, and several smaller details make them extra festive. For this month’s ¡Corazón Classroom!, we’ll be sharing about:
The Legend Behind Noche Buenas (Poinsettias)
Image by sandid from Pixabay
Noche buenas translates to good night in English, in reference to Christmas Eve. Noche buenas were grown during the Pre-Hispanic periods so that they could be enjoyed throughout the winter. Called Cuetlaxochitl, noche buenas were believed to be a symbol of fallen soldiers receiving new life. The fallen soldiers were said to return as hummingbirds drinking the nectar from the noche buenas (Bucur, 2009).
Pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her significance to underrepresented communities in Mexico
Millions of people participate in an annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe to pay their respects to Mexico’s patron saint. Author Socorro Canstañeda-Liles explains why the Virgin Mary is important to marginalized communities, “[The Virgin Mary] appeared at a time when the Native people of Mexico were conquered physically and spiritually [...] That’s why she’s so important, particularly to sectors of Mexico who are marginalized…She’s a symbol of dignity and affirmation of a people whose lives and religion are questioned” (Canstañeda-Liles in National Geographic, 2019).
Watch and listen to a read-aloud about the holiday tradition of Las Posadas, a novenario between December 16th - December 24th.
Thank you for reading our monthly newsletter. We hope you have a winter-ful December!
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