Friday, December 17, 2010

Flour: The Perfect Christmas Gift

This photo, taken at Diaz Farms in Deming, shows part of a 4,600 pound wheat and white flour donation orchestrated through Catholic Charities for La Luz de La Esperanza Palomas Outreach, who will distribute the flour to those families in need during the winter holidays in Palomas, Chihuahua.  Read more.  

Dear friends:

La Luz de La Esperanza Palomas Outreach, operating inside the border town of Palomas on Buenaventura Street for the past seven years, is collecting food donations to spread joy in Palomas during this Christmas holiday season, which in Mexico lasts until January 6th, El Dia de los Reyes.

We invite Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and all of northern New Mexico to help us aid New Mexico's border town of Palomas, Chihuahua. Please help us in collecting food in northern New Mexico.

We especially hope for the essential non-perishable ingredients for the traditional Christmas tamales, posole, bizcochos and pinatas: masa harina (flour for tamales), dried corn husks, lard or shortening, canned hominy, garlic, and whole or powdered mild or medium red chile, sugar, cinnamon, hot chocolate mix and cornmeal for atole. We also need empty piñatas, which are traditionally filled with candy and broken open by the children on Christmas Eve, and we need bags of candy to fill them.

Call me at 575-536-9726, or email at,  for more information about holiday food donations. Checks or other monetary donations may be made out to: La Luz de La Esperanza, P.O. Box 38, Columbus, NM 88029.

Best wishes for a bright December!
Victoria Tester,
U.S. coordinator for the Palomas Outreach

You can also help the community in Palomas by purchasing beautiful oilcloths from local artisans.

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