The holiday season is here. The next few weeks will be filled with the hustle and bustle of shopping, socializing, and celebrating with family and friends. It is a time when many reflect on how grateful they are and also a time of giving back. From the Salvation Army’s red kettles collecting spare change to Walmart’s Holiday Giving Trees, there are many ways for people to lend a helping hand to those in need.
But what is it like from the other side? Liberty Children’s Home—an organization in Ladyville, Belize, that cares for abused, neglected, and abandoned children that’s sponsored by MaidPro Cares—has shared with us about what the holidays are like at the home:
Starting in early December, the children start to feel excited as the compound is decorated with what few Christmas decorations the home owns. “Our decorations are worn, and we could definitely do with some more,” says Director Agatha Valentine. “We especially need Christmas lights.”
Over the coming few weeks, the children and staff will attend parties hosted by different local businesses. It’s a great chance for the children to interact with their community outside of school and work. And, depending on the situation, some children will return to their homes for a short period of time.
Near the end of the month, Liberty will host its own Christmas Party for the children and staff. In the past, volunteers and board members have purchased a few gifts for each child to receive. The staff also receives holiday bonuses at this time. Many of the caretakers will forego spending the holiday with their own families to continue watching over the children.
This year, Liberty has asked for help with purchasing new school uniforms and shoes for the children. Due to heavy rainfall and children’s play in general, their clothes and shoes have taken a beating, and many are falling apart.
MaidPro Cares has offered to fundraise for this project. Please consider donating here to help the children to welcome in the new year with new school uniforms.
MaidPro Cares commemorates the caretakers at Liberty Children’s Home for all of their hard work and for always going above and beyond to truly make this children’s place a home.