The Morgan Jayne Project is looking to make another miracle, and with its track record, they will make it before Christmas.
The Morgan Jayne Project has made it a holiday tradition to bring Christmas to the most vulnerable in Roatan. This is the organization’s fourth appeal, and has become a great event to the families that rely on Familias Saludables, the organization that administers the Morgan Jayne Project. Fred Makowecki, founder of the Morgan Jayne Project, has received the annual appeal letter and it outlines 38 families and 98 children in need of help.
“This is the opportunity to change lives and give a child, for one day the ability to: forget they are sick and possibly dying, for one day they are not the desperately poor, they are just children with the hopes and dreams of all children. For one day...they are not hungry,” said Makowecki. “Please help me make the miracle happen for these kids. There are hundreds of children who show up and look at what is going on, so realize this list is a fraction of the children we would like to give a one-day reprieve from desperation. We will add as many kids to our list as we get donations for.”
This has been a difficult year for the families in Roatan. The recession of the economy of the United States has trickled down, affecting the tourism and construction industries, resulting massive layoffs. Political instability has also not benefitted the communities on the island.
The annual Christmas party is one respite from the families’ struggles.
“Parents and children both count on Santa coming to the party as these will be the only presents they get,” says the appeal letter. “A meal is always served with enough for seconds and cake, so this is the one time of their year where they can eat until they are full and then get something just for them. We also try to have a small gift for the moms.”
Last year the Annual Christmas appeal nearly collapsed after logistical problems prevented the delivery of the gifts in time for Christmas, however in the final days the generosity of Drumheller residents raised enough funds for Christmas to happen.
This year they have two options for those who want to support the appeal. For every child on the list, a donor can give $20, and those working on the island will be able to purchase a gift on the mainland.
Donors can also chose a child, children or family from the list, purchase a gift and drop it at Image Crafters in Drumheller before October 28. To help with shipping they ask to consider a $10 donation with the package.
Any funds not used for shipping will go towards purchasing formula for children born to HIV positive mothers.
More information is available by contacting Makowecki at 403-8238-8082, or by going to www.themorganjayneproject.com.