Date: June 8, 2020
There’s so much bad news out there. I don’t need to tell you about it, I’m sure you’re seeing and experiencing what we are seeing and experiencing and it can all be overwhelming.
It really got to me last week — I felt overwhelmed and immobilized and just sad. And then I happened to see a quote that I’ve seen many times before, but this time it really helped me:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
― Fred Rogers
It’s true. While it is important for each of us to be good neighbors, to be kind, to help others, it is also true that some people and organizations take this call to serve to another level. We see it around the world, and we see it here in our little village.
Instead of focusing on what’s going wrong around us, this week we will focus on and be grateful for what’s going right — people and organizations in Puerto Morelos who have stepped up and made extraordinary efforts to help those in need during this COVID-19 crisis.
We will shine the spotlight on different helpers each day this week, and we will share contact information and donation information so you can be a part of this work if you are able to.
mexiCAN Compassion Project
We are kicking off our “Spotlight on the Helpers” series today with a charity that is near and dear to our hearts, founded and run by our sweet friend and unstoppable force of nature, Jorie Maloney.
mexiCAN Compassion Project was founded just 3 years ago, but in that short time Jorie and her team have done some incredible work in our community. From clothing drives, book drives, school remodels, paying children’s medical bills, supporting orphaned children, the annual Halloween trick-or-treat event, the annual Christmas and 3 Kings Day toy drive – mexiCAN Compassion Project is always giving back to our community.
On the ground quickly…
We were not surprised to see Jorie and mexiCAN mobilize immediately when the scope of what was happening to our community became clear in March. Within just a few weeks, thousands and thousands of people lost their jobs – many were left with no way to feed their families and no governmental assistance on the horizon. Jorie went to work and was able to pull together a massive food drive with volunteers very quickly.
For the last 3 months Jorie and her team have dedicated much of their time to getting food to families most affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Since March they have supplied 1 week of groceries, or a $250 peso food certificate to 1840 families in need! They were on the ground and supplying food long before the government did anything to address the situation. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the support mexiCAN was able to coordinate so quickly saved lives.
Not just food…
As if the food project wasn’t a big enough task, Jorie and her team also managed to assist several families with infants, supplying necessary medication, food, diapers and clothing. They also provided food and gifts to a nearby orphanage and treated the caregivers on Mother’s Day.
We thank Jorie and all of the folks who donated and volunteered their time to these projects. Your gifts of money and time will never be forgotten. You made a difference in the lives of others.
Want to help?
If you would like to know more about mexiCAN Compassion Project or would like to get involved, follow along on their Facebook page. If you wish to send a donation to help mexiCAN Compassion Project continue giving back to those in need, monetary donations can be made in the following ways:
Canadian E-transfer: firstname.lastname@example.org
USA PayPal: paypal.me/mexiCANcompassion
Stay tuned this week as we share different individuals and charities that are giving back in Puerto Morelos. Please take care and we hope to see you back here soon.
Kim & Gabriel.