Courtesy Mayra Cordero
Ilse A. Brito
In December of 2009, EPCC had its first Christmas Drive. This year it’s back and running to benefit will to the children of the Centro Comunitario del Espiritu Santo in Ciudad Juarez with toys and clothes.
The last day to donate is today, Dec. 12. Everyone is welcomed to donate.
The drive accepts new clothes and toys or monetary donations.
The money will be used to purchase the exact size and type of clothes for the children in need.
Mayra Cordero has organized the Christmas Drive since its inception.
“I started to talk to the children.
I asked them if they were excited about Christmas and they told me that they didn’t care because there was nothing special about it,” Cordero said.
“I asked them what about Santa Claus?
They said Santa Claus never stops by here.
“I told them, well, maybe because you don’t write a letter.
And they all started writing letters.”
When the Christmas Drive began with five kids.
Cordero could buy gifts for them, but the word was spread and 50 more kids were added to the list and she couldn’t buy them anymore.
When Cordero talked to her supervisor about the problem, they had the idea that the EPCC Service Learning program and Physical Plant department could help also.
This year, the drive will benefit 150 kids.
“The main purpose is to bring happiness to the children and remind us of what’s really important – be grateful for what we have,” Cordero said.
“You see the children so happy that you feel good with yourself, and also, for their parents that seemed happy.
They’re not able to provide a gift to their children, for economic reasons.”
The gifts are given to children in a bag with their name.
They will be delivered on Dec. 19.
“Clothes are really important,” Cordero said.
“One time I went to buy them clothes and I felt bad because I had to distribute the money donations and I bought a shirt that was cheap to me.
“I really think they deserve better, but a kid taught me a lot, because when the kid got a shirt, he seemed so happy because he got a new shirt. He took his shirt off, putting the new one on, he didn’t care about the tags.”
Donations can be dropped off at the libraries of Valle Verde, Rio Grande, Transmountain and Mission Del Paso.
Northwest campus people at the cashiers
. Administrative Services Center people at the president’s office in room A131.
You can also leave them at Cordero’s office, also at Valle Verde, in room M109G in the Physical Plant building.
Donations and Children recieving toys from the 2009 Christmas Drive
“God blesses us in many ways, to be able to help,” Cordero said.
“The money that donators spends on the gift, it’s worth it, because it’s going to be for someone who’s really going to appreciate it a lot.”