Mar 19, 2013

Crop For Mexico 2013

We're doing it again!!!  This event is fast becoming known as one of Calgary's BEST because of the food, the facility and the fundraiser!!!  100% of ALL money spent at this event goes towards helping build homes in Mexico for needy families!!!!

Our first year we made, $7001 and last year we made $9002, so this year we are hoping for $11003!!!

IMPORTANT CHANGE:  This year we are opening up all the classes, make & takes and garage sale shopping to the public!!!  So if you can't make the entire day crop, you can still sign up for classes and/or come shop and do some make & takes which will be running from 10am - 6pm.

Meanwhile, watch for further details on each instructor and the classes and make & takes that will be offered throughout the day!!!

Mexico Home Building 2012

 Mexico Home Building 2012

A 35 hour bus ride and we were finally in Mexico along the Baha peninsula where we got to meet your families we were building for and see their current "home"... a very humbling experience!!

This family was fortunate to have 1 small mattress to share between the 4 of them.

Meeting the children is both pure joy and yet hard as we can so identify with the parents and their desire to give their children the best life they can, but yet struggle with meeting the basic needs of shelter, food and clothing... and yet they smile :)

So off to work we go for about 4 days straight building a simple wooden home for the family.  We are careful to come alongside of them and help THEM build their home... we want them to have some pride and ownership in it and they are truly the hardest workers out there!!!

Home dedication day is soooo amazing and emotional as we hand over the keys for the new home to the families... lots of tears of joy and many many smiles! 

We gave this family a photo of all the ladies from our Crop For Mexico Fundraiser and he took great pride in including it in ALL the photos and was very moved to see all the "strangers from Canada" who cared enough to help him and his family... we can't begin to describe the impact and thank those of you who helped provide the $6000 needed to build each home.

We also get to go and visit the families that we have built for in the past!!  It is soooo very wonderful to see how their lives have changed for the better in just one year!!!  This family the father had dreamed that we would come visit them again and was extra proud to announce that they are expecting another baby!!  

So this was our group shot as we left for home... so very filled with an amazing experience that not only changed the lives of the families we built for, but ours as well... there is just something about giving to others in need that can't be adequately put into words... except to say that you will never be the same and never look at your own life the same!

Apr 11, 2012

Crop For Mexico Results!

So it was a most splendiferous day!!! In March we did our second "Crop For Mexico" at Grace Baptist and the support for this fundraiser was AMAZING!!  Take a look at this BEAUTIFUL group of women who came out to give their generous support to help build a home for a needy family in Mexico this summer!!!  

This year's Crop For Mexico has a neat "God Story"...  last year we raised exactly $7001 and we absolutely loved that extra $1 that put us there as it represented how important each and every $1 is!!!  So this year when all was said and done and we were counting the $, the total came to $8997!!!!  We were ecstatic at the amount but kept thinking, if only we had a few more dollars to put us over $9000!!!  We even debated throwing in an extra $5 of our own money, but decided that we wanted to be true to the actual amount as we had last year and so we left it but for some reason didn't feel like we should announce it yet so we didn't.  No reason why, just felt that way.

So the next week we went to get the mail and lo and behold there was a card from Jennifer Reynard who had volunteered her time to help with the garage sale part of the event and inside was a $5 bill!!!  She had helped take a few extra supplies to the thrift store after the event and inside a binder her son had found the money!!!  She felt strongly that it needed to go towards the event as someone had donated the binder and so here is now our final total...


So that means not only did we raise enough to build one complete home ($6000), but half of the second one too!!!!!  We are so overwhelmed with gratitude and so anxious to introduce you to BOTH the families that will receive a new life because of the generosity of these women!!!  And it will be sheer joy for us to introduce the families to you as we will for sure take the top photo of all of you with us to show them!!!

So from the bottom of our hearts... thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! 

Jan 18, 2012

Crop For Mexico Returns!!!!

It's back and even better than before!!!  
YES, we will have delicious homemade food again (this year we will also serve a light breakfast of delectables in addition to lunch, supper and snacks!!)
YES, we will have strong abled guys to help carry all your crop supplies in and back out to your cars (and shovel the snow and start and scrape your cars!!)
YES, we will again run an on-site garage sale for attendees and the public (so please start gathering your donations now to bring along to the event!!)
YES, we will offer optional add-on classes taught by our hosts and instructors (will post these as they become available... meanwhile let us know what you'd like to learn!)
YES, 100% of your registration fee and ALL spending at the event will go towards building a home for a very needy family in Mexico!! Have fun and change lives!!

Click HERE to register!!!!
(Registration opens Friday, Jan. 20 @ 5am)