December        2007

       More than Warmth in Guatemala City.

  - 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 a doorway 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 wound, and 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 blessings."

Truly yours.  Jorge Gonzalez.

  -Guatemala City


                  
MORE THAN  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  years.

        Oscarīs two sons left the country with political asylum towards Canada and
lost communication with him.

         Oscar was very grateful to received his blanket because he was coverying
himself with a towel, no more cold at nights, he said,    and muchaaasss
graciasss ."


      Truly yours.  Jorge Gonzalez.

  More than Warmth in Guatemala City.

"Mr Felipe is a 94 years old, he is an ex military member.

Don 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


January 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 Grove. 
 

 

More than Warmth is an educational project for students of all ages to learn about world cultures. It fosters understanding, knowledge and compassion among cultures through nonviolent, nonpolitical, and nonreligious means.

http://www.morethanwarmth.org/

 

Since 2001, quilts have been  sent as gifts from over 11,000 students  to:

 

Afghanistan

Iraq

Iran

India 

Pakistan

Israelis

and Palestinians 

Jordan

Burkina Faso

Zambia

Swaziland

South Africa

Mauritania 

Ghana

Uganda  

China,

Tibetans

Nepal 

Vietnam

Thailand 

USA-Katrina Victims in Louisiana, Mississippi,

and

New Orleans

Genocide Victims in

Sudan and Chad

Rwanda, and

Indian Country-USA

Haiti

Cuba

Mexico

El Salvador

Guatemala

Nicaragua 

Belize

Bolivia

Columbia

Venezuela

Ireland 

Romania 

North Korea 

Togo

Syria

Niger

Associations:
http://www.afghans4tomorrow.com/ 

http://www.damanga.org/ 

http://www.freetheslaves.net/ 

http://www.inamay.com/

 

http://www.peaceroots.org/

 

http://www.plenty.org/

 

More than Warmth is moving to The Farm

 Our new address :

  MTW

110 Fifth Road

Summertown, Tennessee 38483 

 

We will be in transition for a bit.  email: info@morethanwarmth.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 those in poverty, war, and disease.  

 

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 trash heaps of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, dalit orphans in South India, Iraqi refugees in Jordan, and in Iraq, those still in FEMA trailers in the 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





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