[Children Performing at Benefit] [Santa at Center]

December was full of holiday jingles and joys for the Love in Action Children’s Center. The annual Holiday Benefit December 19th was a resounding success with the jingle of many pesos. Hosted by Chris and Lise Wolf at their magnificent estate “La Mina” in Villa Nova, the Benefit raised $225,000 pesos with every peso of the ticket price going to the Center. Donors provided and served all the food and drink and Center children provided delightful entertainment for the guests.

To bring joy to the children, a team of busy elves organized by Mrs. Claus (Marcia Lavender) worked tirelessly for many weeks to identify appropriate gifts for Center children and staff. First, a team of seamstresses worked to create 60 fabric sacks for each of the children’s gifts. Donors volunteered to purchase gifts for a specific child. Finally, in the week before Christmas, the elves sorted gifts, assigned them to children, wrapped them and placed them in the sacks.

On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus visited with the children and saw that each received their colorful sack filled with especially selected items for them. More elves showed up, to sing for the kids and to serve a delicious chicken supper for the children, staff and volunteers. Thanks to the many elves who were rewarded with the joy and smiles of the happy children at Love in Action.

A volunteer couple visiting from England expressed it best. “This was a great opportunity for us to share our time with the children. They are beautiful and give us lots of joy. You all did a wonderful job, the individual bags and all the presents were great.  To watch them open them and take them back to their dormitories was heart wrenching.” 

Recently, Bryan was assigned new godparents who also show an interest in improving his scholastic abilities. Over the summer they arranged for English lessons for him and now he is assisting them with their Spanish. On outings, his godparents have noticed that Bryan keeps an eye out for the other boys ensuring that they behave. He loves music and takes control of the radio in the car. When he hits a song known by the others, they all sing along. His godparents have noticed that he has developed a much more positive attitude and now works hard to stay out of trouble at the Center so he can go on these outings.

If you would like to learn more about the Love In Action Center, visit our website at Guests are welcome to visit the Center in Chapala at Pedro Moreno #76. To learn more about all the Center’s volunteer opportunities, contact Dave at To schedule a visit call Dina Oropeza between 10 and 2 Monday through Friday at 765-7409 or

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