Lucrecia* is an elderly person who does not have the help of her relatives. She has health issues that prevent her from walking without the aid of a cane and she is not able to walk or stand for long periods of time. She does receive a State pension as an older adult, but it does not come close to covering all of her housing, services, health needs and food. Thanks to the food support donation, last month she was able to receive a variety of good food and take care of some of her other expenses. She said, “Thank you for your help. It was a surprise. I am very grateful that you considered my situation and gave me the opportunity to have food on my table this month.”
María* is responsible for caring for her grandchildren. In addition, she has a pressing health issue that does not allow her to carry out a lot of strenuous daily activities without compromising her health. Thanks to the food support donation, Maria was able to cover her food needs and, in turn, make empanadas to sell and generate income. She has shown a lot of initiative to improve her economic and health situations. She said, “The week that I was feeling that things were really difficult, the help I needed arrived. Due to my illness and health, it has been difficult for me to get ahead. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the help you have given me."
Also, as a result of another example of CAA generosity, we delivered two large suitcases and a backpack full of clothes as well as several tote bags containing assorted canned goods, household items, and art and office supplies. These were all donated by CAA folks who no longer needed them. Árbol may share some items with selected program participants but will also include them in their periodic garage sale fundraising activities. If you have clothes or other items that are useable and in good condition, why not consider donating them to Árbol?
For more information on Árbol de Esperanza, their program, and their needs, visit their website at https://www.arboldeesperanza.org
If you would like to make a donation for food support, you can give a cash donation to any Board member at any CAA-sponsored event or make a secure online donation at Feeding Hungry Families www.globalgiving.org/56450
~Mary Lou H.
*The names have been changed to protect the identities of the program participants.