For the 11th straight Christmas, children on the Honduran island of Roatan will know there is a Santa Claus and he...or she...lives in Drumheller.
The Morgan Jayne Project children's charity has filled its list of Christmas gifts for children who otherwise would go without any holiday cheer this year.
"I'm happy: that's our 11th year and again, it's successful and I can't put into words what that means to me," responded Fred Makowecki, who started the Morgan Jayne Children's Foundation to honour his late daughter.
There were still several unpurchased gifts as of mid-October, but a late surge ticked everything off the list. Now all that's left to do, said Makowecki, is to get it there.
"We're allowed 200 parcels duty free: the Christmas Miracle is well over 600-700 parcels, so we end up paying duty on these."
The Morgan Jayne Project began as an appeal to buy formula for infants whose mothers had AIDS to keep them from getting the disease. Over the years, it has expanded to offer daily child care and even the Charmont School in Roatan.
"That's our hope: that what we're doing is going to change a lot of lives," stated Makowecki. "That we break that chain of poverty and starvation, no education and illiteracy. We're changing the world one child at a time."
If you would like to learn more, or to help them get the gifts through Honduras Customs, contact Makowecki at 403-823-8082 or check the Morgan Jayne Facebook page.
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