Fausto Gonzalez by Kinsee Morlan
*LETTERS FROM COLONIA FAUSTO GONZALEZ at UNA San Diego, 2171 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. The San Diego Young Professionals for International Cooperation reads letters from the children living in the Tijuana trash dumps at this holiday fundraising event. See website for details. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9. 619-233-3970, www.responsibilityonline.org.
More from David Lynch (not the crazy director; the founder of Responsibility, a nonprofit that runs a school in the old TJ dump) below:
“As you know, each year my organization likes to play Santa to the “World’s Most Destitute” as Mother Theresa named the children whose families scavenge the Tijuana city dump for survival. We also like to include the students of the Tijuana Special Education School where my coworker, Jorge, daughter attended.
This is where I need your help: I need you to be SANTA.
For $53 you can see to it that Santa visits the home of a child living in poverty. (I had the children write letters to Santa. Most ask for bikes, MP3 players, DVD players, sneakers, and clothes. I can mail you a letter and have you do the shopping but it is much easier if I do it locally. Besides, I can get the bikes at a wholesalers here at the border.)
If you would like to be Santa, please do one of the following
Go to Responsibilityonline.org Click on donate and just follow directions. That is the easiest and qucikest method for me.
Or, you can mail a check to Responsibility, P.O. Box 433199, San Ysidro, CA 92143
How about adding $5 to give our dedicated teachers a Christmas gift as well.”
Jorge, my coworker of 22 years, his wife, and I will be doing the Christmas shopping next week.
Just a hear warming story about this Santa project which we have been doing for 25 years.
Over 10 years ago, a handicapped student who was confined to a wheel chair just ask Santa for an electric wheel chair and food for his family. The Santa who took that letter, gave him just what he wanted plus.
Or there is one other Christmas Gift you might like to contribute you.
Every Christmas for the past 25 years, I have been giving Miguel and Laura, a blind couple, a Christmas Gift. For the past few years, it has been $1,000. Maybe you would like to be Santa to this couple.