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Christmas in Nata - Final Part 3

Posted Dec 02 2008 3:07am

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After having a great time at Joyce's we then drove around the village to give blessings. All of Santas helpers and Elfs rode in the back of the truck and handed out suckers and potato chips. Along the way we were joined by some of Mr. Tiros friends from Francistown and we made our way through the village in caravan style delivering sweets. Our first stop was to a compound in Manakanagore Ward and the kids along with their mom were so grateful for this small treat.

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It doesn't take long for word to get out. Kids came running to the truck to receive their sweets. This is where Santa's helpers really came in handy. They did a great job wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and they helped to keep things under control.  The children show their gratitude and manners by putting the palms of their hands together to receive their treat. 

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Pictured above is Kelly handing out suckers off the back of the truck.  Things got quite sad at this point as the kids were not eating the potato chips as a nice snack but were eating them from hunger.  When school is is session, the children get at least one hearty meal a day.  Now that school is out, many of the kids are going a day without a meal.  Mr. Tiro said that next year, we're killing a cow.  This was a shock for us all.

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At this point, we were overwhelmed with kids. It's important for all of us to see just how desperate people will become for one sucker or a handful of chips. We've got a long way to go here. All the kids in this photo got something from you.

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This was the final stop of the day. We started out at 10am on Christmas morning and finished at close to 4pm. It was a great day for us all.  Santas helpers are all privileged kids that attend private school.  At the end of the day they expressed their appreciation for being allowed to participate in such a worthy cause.  They are all from Botswana and they all said they were shocked at how some people are forced to live.  All of Santas helpers said the day was an eye opener for them as they saw things they had never seen before.  It's this next generation of young people who will be making a difference in their country.  Thank you Seloma Tiro and your entire family for using your Christmas day to help others.  Thanks to you donors as well.  A note on how we have to operate here:  It took over 2 1/2 hours to post our 3 part Christmas story. We're sorry we didn't have it sooner but of course had server problems.   Happy holidays to you all!!!!

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