The holiday season is here. The next few weeks will be filled with the hustle and bustle of shopping, family, friends, and decadent parties. It's a time when many reflect on how grateful they are and also a time of giving back. From the Salvation Army's red kettles collecting spare change to Walmart's Holiday Giving Trees, there are many ways for people to lend a helping hand to those in need.
But what is it like from the other side? Liberty Children's Home in Ladyville Belize has opened up to MaidPro Cares about what the holidays are like at an orphanage.
Starting in December the children start to get excited for Christmas as the compound gets decorated with what little decorations they have. Agatha Valentine, the Director as the children's home shared, "Our decorations are worn and we could definitely do with some more. We are really in need of Christmas lights."
Over the next few weeks, the children and staff get to attend a few parties hosted by different local businesses. It is a great chance for the kids to interact with the community outside of school and work. And, depending on the situation, some children will get to return to their homes for a short period of time.
Near the end of the month, Liberty staff throws a Christmas Party at the home for the children. In the past, volunteers and board members have purchased a few gifts for each child. The also staff receives a holiday bonus. Many of the caretakers have to spend Christmas at the children's home to continue watching over the kids.
This year, Liberty has asked for help with purchasing new uniforms and shoes for the children. Due to the high rainfall and general children's play, the clothes and shoes have taken a beating, many of which are falling apart.
MaidPro Cares has offered to fundraise for this project. Please consider donating here to help the children with new school uniforms to welcome in the new year!
MaidPro Cares would like to commemorate Liberty Children's Home for all their hard work and for always going above and beyond to truly make this children's home a home.