On Sunday, November 8th, the Mothers of the children helped by Niños Incapacitados hosted its semi-annual outdoor event called the Kermes, at Christiana Park in Chapala. As always, the Mothers of the children got permission to hold the Kermes from Municipal Presidente Javier Degollado who offered the park revenue for the day to this event. This Kermes event is held as a thank you to all the volunteers of Niños Incapacitados. People in both the ex-pat and Mexican communities donate clothing and other household items as well as used electronic items (keyboards, printers), and toys for a bazaar in conjunction with the Kermes. The Mothers of the aided children prepare and sell delicious food (tacos, pozole, hamburgers and hot dogs) to raise money. At the Kermes, volunteers also supervised drawing and art projects for the children. A good time was had by all and the whole Lakeside community was invited.
All money raised from the sale of bazaar items and food went to the families of the children to help pay for their medical treatments and transportation. Because the mothers did not want to handle the money, volunteers from Niños Incapacitados did all the collecting. Even the normal entry fee of 5 pesos, collected every day at the entry to Christiana Park, was donated to Niños Incapacitados.
During the Kermes this November, Municipal Presidente Javier Degollado came by to thank the volunteers for their work. He paid his 5 peso entry fee, bought food from the Mothers and also gave a generous donation. A special treat to see was the hot pink shirts all the mothers wore with the logo of Niños Incapacitados and the name of their child.
Niños Incapacitados and the volunteer Mothers want to thank Javier Degollado and everyone who came to Christiana Park, paid their entry fee, bought items and donated to the worthy cause. Look for this special event again in the Spring 2016.