Christmas Donations For Fatima

Thank You, Dear Readers, For Your Help This Christmastime

Earlier this month, we invited readers in Panama City, either living here or just passing through, to stop by our Live and Invest Overseas office for a little holiday cheer. And we invited them further, if they were interested, to bring along a donation for the Fatima Parish.

Fatima is a small Catholic parish operating in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Panama City and working hard to do everything it can for its parishioners, including operating a small orphanage, a daycare center, before- and after-school care for working moms, and job training for teenagers. Plus, the parish serves a few hundred meals a day to locals…offers a dental clinic a few days a month…and cares for the elderly.

Fatima operates with little state support and depends almost entirely on private contributions.

Not only those readers who stopped by for a glass of eggnog that Friday evening earlier this month, but our Live and Invest Overseas staff, as well, brought donations of toys, clothing, and toiletries for our collection boxes. Everything from coloring books and Barbie dolls to diapers and shampoo. Some came with cash presents, too.

This week, we delivered all the loot that had been collected beneath our little Christmas tree to Father Javier, the guy behind all the good work being done at Fatima. Father Javier sends a big thank you to all Live and Invest Overseas readers who contributed to our efforts this Christmastime.

We’ve bigger plans for helping out at Fatima Parish in Casco Viejo in 2011. Watch this space for opportunities to participate in our efforts, both to raise money and to volunteer your time. There’s much to be done at Fatima, and we’re hoping to be able to help with a little of the load.

Meantime, our warmest wishes as we head into this Christmas week. Some of our far-flung Live and Invest Overseas contributors have filed reports of how the folks celebrate the season in their part of the world, and we’ll be sharing these Tales of Christmas from Around the World with you throughout the week, from Nicaragua to London…from Argentina to Vietnam…

Finally, as we prepare to depart for chillier climes to visit family back in the States this Christmastime, I have to admit it: We’re wishing for snow…

Kathleen Peddicord

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