More than Warmth in Guatemala
- Photo and story by Jorge Gonzalez
Mr. Jose Herrera is 70 years
old. The priest that worked on the dump garbage area, Bill Allard,
interned Jose at Mother Teresa's home. Jose was sleeping on
with a bad injury on his leg [which was] full of worms. When
we arrived at Mother Teresa's home I helped the sisters clean his
he got to stay there. One day we came back with medicines for the
home, and as a miracle, Joseīs wound were healed. One day Jose
decides to leave the home and starts drinking again without luck.
His leg became very infected and had to be cut off. Now Jose earns his
living by begging on a churchīs door, with that he is able to pay
the rent of a very little room. We are still good friends.
Jose said gracias for his blanket and sent you all
Truly yours. Jorge Gonzalez.
WARMTH IN GUATEMALA CITY.
" Mr Oscar Rubayos is 68 years old. He used
to be a teacher, but lost everything
because of the war years, and then he went drinking for several
Oscarīs two sons left the country with political asylum towards Canada and
communication with him.
Oscar was very grateful to received his blanket because he
himself with a towel, no more cold at nights, he said, and muchaaasss
Truly yours. Jorge Gonzalez.
More than Warmth in Guatemala City.
"Mr Felipe is a 94 years old, he is an ex military member.
Felipe has been living in a small basement on Colonīs Park here in the City
for the past 58 years. He has lost communication with itīs
relatives. Don Felipe comes from Santa Rosa Lima 2 1/2 hours drive from the City.
When I approached, Felipe smiled. When I showed him the
blanket he exclaimed, " Beautiful." When I told him it was his, he said, "Just what I need. Muchas gracias."
That the peace and Godīs love be with
you. " Jorge Gonzales
11, 2008 quilt exhibit at Oak Grove Elementary in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Quilts made by over 225 students will be
exhibited. This was made possible by the Tennessee Arts Commission
and the wonderful principal, teachers and students of Oak
More than Warmth is
for students of all ages to learn about world cultures. It fosters
understanding, knowledge and compassion among cultures through
nonpolitical, and nonreligious means.
Since 2001, quilts have been sent as gifts
from over 11,000 students to:
USA-Katrina Victims in Louisiana, Mississippi,
Genocide Victims in
Sudan and Chad
More than Warmth is moving to The Farm
Our new address :
110 Fifth Road
Summertown, Tennessee 38483
We will be in transition for a bit. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all
More than Warmth volunteers.
Thank you, Jorge, for delivering these gifts of quilts, in Guatemala City.
These quilts given by Jorge show the same spirit, given with the same
heart as those quilts that traveled to Afghanistan six
years ago. They do provide warmth. But they also allow us to become
witnesses and ministers to the social and political problems facing
poverty, war, and
In this season of giving, I am most grateful Jorge allowed us to be part of his gifting.
In 2008, may we reach farther into our hearts and souls to help others.
Thank you all for helping do what we
can to teach about caring and compassion.
Thank you for opening your heart to learn about children enslaved in
rug factories in India, fishing villages in Ghana, children living in
heaps of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, dalit orphans in South India,
Iraqi refugees in Jordan, and in Iraq, those still in FEMA trailers in
United States, hurricane Felix victims in Nicaragua, children in Togo,
Niger, and many many more of those in need.
-With much love and gratitude,
Judith Biondo Meeker