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  1. Operation Feed supports over 550 villagers in San Juan Cosala. We work to raise the funds without impacting other Lakeside charities. So, during the "low season" we have our two big events. April 26th beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Viva Mexico is our first of the year. Come on over and feast on an Agustin buffet. Meet some of the micro-business members. Shop through the 30 items basket auction. Your 450 pesos will buy you an amazing many course buffet dinner with vegan and vegetarian items and delicious desserts. Plus you will have provided a family with a despensa (food bag) for 3 weeks. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl's and Mia's. Or just email me and I'll arrange personal delivery. If you can't come, think about buying tickets for some who has been really helpful to you or paying for tickets that can be given to some of our outstanding Mexican assistants.
  2. Augustin, of Viva Mexico, wants to share the traditional (not expanded for tourists) happenings of the Day of the Dead. At Viva Mexico, a small group will get together at 1 p.m. to order from his new menu. It includes salads and his outstanding traditional Mexican meals, plus great steak and lamb. He will talk with us about the altar and life on the Day of the Dead in San Juan Cosala over his life time. Then we will walk or drive up to the cemetery and see the devotion of the villagers to their ancestors. Because this is meant to be a very small group, I have only 6 places left. Please email me to reserve them. Thanks, Carol
  3. We know that soon it will be “low season”, but we are still counting on 100 people wanting a great meal that supports 102 families in San Juan Cosala. Everyone knows how much Agustin does to support Lakeside, and he is pulling out all the stops to make this event special. Plus the team has been working to create unique silent auction items and fun entertainment. With the change in times, we will have an extra hour before dark to enjoy the spirit raffles and live entertainment. So get your tickets now. If you want to reserve a table, just let us know. And we are getting drivers lined up for transportation to and from Ajijic if you don’t drive.
  4. Many people around the lake knew Bud Gallagher through all the work he did with so many charities, churches, and just helping any one who called. He recently passed away and those who worked with him have established a memorial fund to keep his good work going. You would have seen him at LCS providing information and help ... or at spay and neuter clinics hauling boxes and food ... or taking a villager to a doctor’s appt ... or bringing food to Operation Feed. He was always there for so many of us. He really believed that we needed to do more to help those in need climb up to the next step. In his honor, Operation Feed has established a special fund for projects to do just that. Help for the knitters group ... funding the nutrition classes that may help with the diabetes crisis ... and funds to pay for glasses, medicines, etc. We invite you to contribute just $30 US or $500 pesos to become a member of the Bud’s Giving Tree. Let us know how you want your name listed. This tree will serve as a reminder to all of us who volunteer that our efforts will last longer than we do. Plus Bud’s family will have a permanent visible reminder of how much Bud meant to all of us. You can donate through our website or by calling Jon Seaborg or at Viva Mexico. http://operationfeed.weebly.com/donate.html
  5. Happy Holidays from Operation Feed Click on the link ABOVE to read our newsletter. Find out what's happening and what you can do to help the people of San Juan Cosala. And come to the Street Art Fair outside of Viva Mexico on Dec. 9th beginning at 2:00 p.m. Lots of villagers are preparing food, crafts, and more to earn some money for their own needs. Supporting them will make a huge difference in their lives. Thanks, Carol Curtis
  6. Ever wonder what Operation Feed does with your donations? Well, here's just one week of our work. Your donations and the time put in by volunteers are making a big difference in the lives of many in San Juan Cosala. We are so grateful to all who support our cause. One Week with Operation Feed
  7. I'd usually put this in the charity section, but it's really more than that. Operation Feed wants to thank everyone who has helped with this summer's projects. The optometrists, volunteers, drivers, stores like Mia's Consignment, new volunteers, and more. We really appreciate the donated computers and tablets. Having 5 of these means that the kids have a fighting chance to improve skills and learn about technology. The village of San Juan Cosala has so many needs and does not have the population base of Ajijic and Chapala. Our children, especially, can't believe that so many people care about them. It really shows the depth of kindness and caring that is here at Lakeside. Thank you all. Here's the latest news from Operation Feed
  8. Most of those living at Lakeside know Agustin, owner of Viva Mexico and guardian angel of San Juan Cosala. Always willing to help anyone and giving to all in need, one of Agustin's major goals is to help more children gain an education. He is so grateful to all those who helped him along the way and wants to give back. He and his family are turning the bottom floor of their home into a tutoring center for local children who need to get educational support. There will even be a computer center located there for the children's use with home, online classes, and language tutorials. And as always, when Agustin pays it forward ... it is great for so many of us. One thing that he decided this morning was to make the fund raising dinner on April 28th into a buffet, so that all who come can eat a wider variety of delicious foods. So even though his "cut" of the fund raiser will decrease, he wants "his kids" to have what it takes to be successful. Just wanted to give a shout out to this great man.
  9. I know that many people have had their fill of charity events. Operation Feed works hard to keep events at a minimum, but we have a need for support for the April 28th event. Too many children in San Juan Cosala drop out of school very early ... for many reasons. One big reason is that they fall behind in their studies and just can't keep up. It's hard to go to school every day and feel stupid. Operation Feed is working on this problem. We want our despensa families to keep their children in school. So to make this possible, we want to provide a summer school program that will help our kids be ready for the next grade. We need to hire Mexican teachers, provide a snack, and pay for some materials. Our solution to the need for this money is to host a dinner on April 28th at Viva Mexico. The funds will pay for the summer program for 50 kids. Check out the photo of part of a page of the English workbook that our kids are supposed to be able to do in September of 9th grade. You can see why we have to provide extra support. And the photo of the young lady? She hasn't been able to be in school for two years. Her mom has been working at the berry farms; Itzel has had to stay home and ensure that the little children get to school and have their meals. Through a grant Operation Feed and NCA received, we are going to get Itzel back into high school. Her extended family will help ensure the little ones are cared for. Itzel wants to be a teacher and is determined to make it. But without a summer program, the two year gap in her education might make it very hard. Please consider dragging yourself to one more event. You will be helping our kids get an education and supporting Agustin and Viva Mexico. Tickets available at Diane Pearl's and Mia's. Or you can contact me and I'll make sure we reserve your seats and table. Carol Curtis
  10. We just completed a great clothing drive for the people of San Juan Cosala. Operation Feed, through the wonderful community support, was able to provide clothing to more than 300 people. So many happy faces who were grateful for sweaters and coats ... shoes and socks ... and some lovely general clothing items. Through the work of Cheryl Kennedy, we were able to provide sanitary napkins and adult diapers to those who needed them. As always, the children's clothes were the most prized of all. As the holidays get closer and we all become so grateful for what we have, Operation Feed hopes that you will consider a small donation to help us feed the over 500 very poor residents of San Juan Cosala. Many are senior citizens (who don't receive a pension or social security) and are suffering from diabetic complications and simple old age problems. We are also helping families who have members suffering from cancer or liver/kidney failure. Plus our single moms struggling to feed their children and keep them in school. Donations can be made through our website via PayPal. Or, even better is coming to Viva Mexico for a great meal and dropping some change into our Operation Feed can. Thank you so much for supporting us. Carol Curtis and all the Operation Feed volunteers http://operationfeed.weebly.com
  11. Operation Feed is hoping that you'll take a few minutes and complete an electronic survey for us. If you've ever volunteered or might consider volunteering, we'd like to know about it. What are you interested in doing? How was your experience? One of our goals is to make the most of all the talented people in the area and ensure that any one who has or does volunteer enjoys the time spent. We are sure we can improve the experience and also find some new ways to get people involved with our organization. The people of San Juan Cosala really do appreciate all the help they receive. Here's the survey web address: More than one person can take the survey using the same computer. So if you and your partner both have volunteered or might want to do so, you can answer the survey separately. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KRP6LTF Thanks so much, Operation Feed's Survey Team
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