Eighth Annual LIGA MAC Spirit of Giving Festival Gets the Holiday Season into Full Swing
For some families the burden of Santa leaving a gift is an impossible stretch of a limited budget. LIGA MAC volunteers have been collecting gifts for their families’ children since its inception. In the aftermath of Hurricane Odile, remarks Elva Haro, the LIGA MAC Help Center’s Executive Director, it is an especially difficult holiday season for many families who have had to reconstruct homes and replace basic necessities.
The LIGA MAC Spirit of Giving is an elegant toy drive now in its eighth year. It has become a Los Cabos holiday tradition and provides families and friends a joyful opportunity to place a little something under the trees of others while connecting with friends, old and new. Conscientious and dedicated volunteers provide delightful appetizers and beverage service with happy smiles of welcome that stimulate the giving spirit. Guests bring an unwrapped gift for children and leave it under The Shoppes at Palmilla’s illuminated Christmas tree. Entertainment includes a selection of Christmas carols sincerely sung by the Liga MAC youth choir. The choir is made up of Secondary and Preparatory students enrolled in the ACE stay-in-school program and led by Blanca Roblero, Liga MAC Help Center and Services Director.
This year, the popular music provided by The Twins brought the holiday season into full swing motivating the normally shy and withdrawn Liga MAC students to take part in the festivities. Long term supporters gazed disbelievingly, tears of joy in their eyes when guests and students started tearing up the dance floor - a first in LIGA MAC history.
The 400 festival attendees were offered other opportunities to give to those in need through monetary donations (tax receipts available for anywhere in North America), the purchase of LIGA MAC products and raffle tickets for exquisite items donated for the cause. LIGA MAC elves are still tallying up the gifts and funds raised however it is estimated that about 350 dolls, science sets, accessories, soccer balls and more were received this year. These will be added to the gifts from the City Club Employee Toy Drive, who chose LIGA MAC children as their 2014 recipients. The gifts will be sorted by age and gender, wrapped at the Wrapping Party, and then distributed by a jolly Santa Claus who will greet each individual LIGA MAC child with their special gift at the LIGA MAC posada that will take place Monday, December 22 between 1PM and 5PM.
The Spirit of Giving Festival runs like a charm due to the massive amount of philanthropic coordination involved. This year, the dynamic team was led by Chair Karen Forbes and Co-chairs: Janet Dellaire, Janet Kulferst and Mo Montgomery, while supported by a minimum of 25 other volunteers. The Shoppes at Palmilla faithfully donate their time, a perfect location and raffle items. This yuletide event could not be possible without the friends and supporters of the LIGA MAC Spirit of Giving Festival including: Ave Fenix, Casa Bonita Home Décor, Casa Vieja, Chin’s Cabo, Cream Cafe, El Wine Shop, Impala Cabo Transportation Services, Mex Sun Spa, Mizpah Joyas, Palabra de Vida, Pez Gordo Gallery, Querencia, Sax Boutique, Snell Real Estate, and The Cabo Channel, as well as Byron and Patricia Hill, and Richard and Nancy Rodgers. Together they have assured that 450 children will have at least one Christmas present this year.
LIGA MAC offers ‘a helping hand’ to low income families and individuals by providing access to basic needs, medical access, education and so much more in the San Jose del Cabo community.