|At the Christmas Feast, Robin feeds a homeless man who is armless.|
Amidst a turbulent economic atmosphere of high inflation, an ailing stock market, recession and natural disasters, citizens of Mexico City witnessed a moment of Christmas peace and love at Project H.E.L.P.’s yearly "Christmas Feast for the Poor." We again organized this event in Mexico City’s main square, El Zocalo, on Christmas day, where 10,000 poor received a free Christmas meal.
Following are comments from various volunteers who took part:
Martha Irene Luna Calvo, Congresswoman: "[Working on the serving line] was the most wonderful experience of my life! I saw smiles as well as tears—tears of happiness at knowing that there was someone who cared, someone who was there for them on Christmas day—and there were many who hadn’t had any kind of Christmas until then. My hands trembled with emotion at seeing the faces of expectation of those waiting for their plate. I never got tired. It was all very fulfilling because giving is a blessing of God and on this day we all had God’s blessings, because we were able to offer something to our fellow man."
Leticia Guzman, public relations: "...400 kilos of rice, 400 kilos of beans, 15,000 units of bread, 100 cases of bananas, 10,000 disposable plates, cups and spoons, etc. One week before the event all these food supplies had been donated, along with sound equipment, generators and trucks for transportation!"
Carlos Cedillo, organizer for Zocalo humanitarian event and project manager: "I have been involved with the Zocalo project since 1994, but it never ceases to amaze me how on Christmas day the Zocalo plaza seems to transform into a magical world where all are brothers, and where there is no strife, hunger or hate—and where all, poor and rich, wonder what it is that is different. The answer is simple—it’s the miracle of Christmas love!"