On this holy feast of Christmas, our fourth time celebrating here in Jacmel, we celebrate with great joy the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Today is born our Savior! What we have come to learn is that with the poor there is not much celebration or gift giving, so we decided to always celebrate the birth of Jesus with our kids with great festivity. Over 100 children were here to celebrate; some we did not know. We began with Mass at 12 noon with Father Vallery carrying Baby Jesus and placing Him in the manger. The children sang beautifully. At the end of Mass, everyone came to adore Baby Jesus. The celebration continued with a delicious dinner that our ladies had been preparing the past few days.
Then the long awaited time came for everyone to receive their gifts. Everyone received a Taylor Swift bag full of surprises and needed items. We thank Sr. Johnice from Buffalo, NY, for the donation of bags, and we thank everyone who helped us fill the bags. The beautiful gym uniforms that you see our kids wearing are a donation from our dear friends, Dorothy and Joe Mastropaolo, from JDM Associates.