A Gift from Gary
Organized by: Jill Bella Ferraro
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
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