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A Gift from Gary

Organized by: Jill Bella Ferraro

Jill Bella's Photo
Jill Bella's Photo
Jill Bella's Photo
Jill Bella's Photo

THE STORY:

Gary LaMarca spent the last years of his life living in a remote and rural area of Nicaragua. He found great joy and peace there. He loved the culture and was embraced by the people. He was the first American to live in the small town and the first Santa Claus to ever visit. He had a large and loving heart. It is in his name that this fundraiser has been created so that we may give the children "A Gift from Gary" posthumously...the children that Santa should never forget. The monies raised will be used in two ways - as memorial donations in Jinotega and Pantasma to help children in need.

It is hard to comprehend the level of poverty that these children experience. Some children are even the head of their households.

In Pantasma, Gary helped as he was able - often times helping an orphaned child (with simple gestures - like buying him a pop) and even being the first Santa Claus the town had ever had. The people of this town loved Gary. He had a nickname, Coco Calvo, Bald Coconut - he loved this!  

They had a memorial for him after he died, they buried him with great care and decorated his grave with a beautiful cross. He died far from the place he called home for most of his life and without family beside him - yet he was surrounded with tremendous love and care.

This gift is more then a memorial it is Gary's legacy. He always wanted to leave a financial legacy to his family - but instead he left the greatest gift of all, he opened our minds and hearts to the world. We cannot imagine poverty the likes of what the children in Jinotega and Pantasma experience. Please dig down deep in your pockets and make a gift that would make Gary proud...a gift that will change lives. The world seemed like a better place when Gary was a part of it, and he will be missed always.  This fundraiser is a way to give back to the people that gave so much to him even when they had so little.

View how gifts were used during Christmas in 2014 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AGiftFromGary

Support 2015-2016 gifts by donating today!!!

$2,293

 

23% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • anonymous

    $50

  • In honor of Kelly Brown

     

  • Dianne Tima

    $10

  • Virginia Hernandez

    $100

  • Kelly Brown

    $25

  • Cora Apessos

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Jeff Bloom

    $40

  • Sr. Mary Parks, CSJ

    $30

  • The Minford's

    $20

  • Bill THearle

    $50

  • Emily Becker

    $40

  • Anita Frontera

    $40

  • James & Nancy Ferraro

    $25

  • Elizabeth

    $100

  • Brenda Sakala

    $50

  • Dan & April Witkowski

    $50

  • Paul & Tara Wemyss

    $40

  • A Cousin

    $250

  • Manny

    $50

  • Jen Janusek

    $53

  • Lina

    $20

  • Ken Zmuda

    $100

  • Sr. Mary Parks, CSJ

    $25

  • Patti Abraham

    $135

  • Lorie Ulmer

    $20

  • Sharon

     

  • Simon & Denise Chough

    $100

  • Andrew & Ursula Chough

    $100

  • Mary Jovanovich

    $100

  • Gordon LaMarca

    $100

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Organized by

Jill Bella Ferraro

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Gordon LaMarca

Gordon LaMarca

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Mary Jovanovich

Mary Jovanovich

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Andrew & Ursula Chough

Andrew & Ursula Chough

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Simon & Denise Chough

Simon & Denise Chough

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Sharon

Sharon

In memory of Calvin Turner 2 years ago

Lorie Ulmer

Lorie Ulmer

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Patti Abraham

Patti Abraham

DONATION: $135

2 years ago

Sr. Mary Parks, CSJ

Sr. Mary Parks, CSJ

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Ken Zmuda

Ken Zmuda

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Lina

Lina

DONATION: $20

What a special person your dad was Melissa. I'm touched by his story. 3 years ago

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