Camila, Meydeline and Eitan live in a picturesque, busy town in Mexico, well known for trade and its big markets. Toward the end of the year, its busy streets begin to fill with lights, colors and Christmas decorations.
In the heart of San Martin is Compassion’s child development center. Staff and volunteers are currently working hard to prepare for this year’s Christmas celebration.
The church and center staff members’ focus during this season is to celebrate Jesus’ birthday and to make children feel loved through the activities and presents. Every Christmas, children light up with smiles when they receive Christmas gifts thanks to their sponsors’ support.
Camila, Meydeline and Eitan share the most meaningful presents they’ve received at Christmastime over the years through the Child Sponsorship Program.
My First Warm Blanket
11- year-old Camila has been part of the Child Sponsorship Program since she was 4 years old. Her mother earns just $7.21 per day. Despite this, she always tries to make Christmas special for her girls and feels very thankful to Compassion’s program for giving useful gifts to Camila.
During the year, the center staff members regularly visit the children’s homes to understand their needs. One year, having noticed that many families had only thin, worn blankets — and knowing winter was fast approaching — staff members decided to gift children with thick, cozy blankets.
Camila still remembers her joy as she opened the package. “That same day they gave me the blanket, I opened it as soon as I got home and used it to sleep at night from that night on,” she said. “I am very grateful to have my first thick and warm blanket.”
My Fashionable Shoes