Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Kind visitors bring smiles to the island


Belize Mission Dental Project donates gift baskets to needy families

Belize Mission Dental Project for the past 20 years has been brightening smiles of Belizeans across the country. Added to the voluntary dental services that the project offers yearly, for the past 15 years have been bringing smiles to the faces of needy families on Ambergris Caye through their kind donation of food baskets. This year, the group will spend some Bze$6,000 on food items to be given out the communities they feel are most in need. Last Friday, November 2nd the group visited the San Mateo sub division where they handed out some 300 gift bags containing rice, beans, oranges, powdered milk, salt potatoes and plantains to families. The team will return this Friday, November 9th once again, to San Mateo where they hope to reach the remainder of the families and bless them with grocery baskets as well. Assisting in making the food baskets possible, are Maria and Jose from Maria’s Vegetable Stand. The team offers special thanks to them both for travelling to the city and purchasing all items to be donated.

Paletas from the Heimgartners to SPRCS students

It was certainly a delicious, icy cold treat for over 900 students at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) when Larry and Debbie Heimgartner once again teamed up with Manelly’s Ice Cream Parlor to hand out yummy paleta treats on a hot afternoon. With volunteers Mash, Natasha and Carrie on hand to held hand out the treats, the Heimgartners once again brought happy cries of “thank you” from the very grateful students on November 1, 2012.
This yearly treat is a generous one that the Heimgartners, frequent visitors to the island, are happy to share with the SPRCS children. Larry and Debbie often bring inspirational plays with students from the LA area and other parts of the USA to share with the youth of the island. Their generosity is much appreciated, and this reporter, who was lucky to enjoy a paleta too, joins the SPRCS in saying THANK YOU Larry and Debbie! “You guys are awesome!”

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