Our foundation prepares different events during the year for the orphanages, youth incarceration centers, communities, churches and other NGO’s we work with. These events play an important role for us in ongoing relationships and for the people involved in them.
Sometimes, we make smaller events, beach trips, volcano trips, museum visits, parks with different communities, centers and the local mayor’s office.
Many people benefit from these events are from communities, Orphanages, and clients / beneficiaries of the State Diner culinary program. These events are a huge opportunity for us to make a difference in their lives, let them know about the name of Jesus so that they know there are people that really care about them.
The donations for all the events are always needed. Children and families are thankful for these celebrations. For that reason, we continue to show the love of Christ to these people.
These are the key events we make every year:
- February: Valentine’s Day (Youth outreach with Pastor Rene)
- July: 4th of July Independence of the Unites States (car show and family day)
- August: La Quinceañera (over 100 teenage girls)
- October: Day of the Child
- November: Thanksgiving Day
- December: Christmas beach community party, and Angels Tree gifts for each orphanages and Christmas parties in multiple location.
February: Valentine’s Day
Around Valentine’s day we visit Ahuachapán which is a State in El Salvador where we have been working with for many years There’s around 1,000 kids in the communities we work in a small area called “Comunidad Chinchilla, Canton Chancuyo” are communities nearby that come with their kids and we give toys, gifts, food, clothing , and other items. We have 3-5 “jumpy things”, soccer games, Frisbee tournaments, face painting, snow cones, popcorn, Bibles and many other things. It’s a fun day.
July: 4th of July Car show Independence of the Unites States
On July the fourth we celebrate the independence of the United States. This celebration takes place in El Salvador at Salvador de Mundo. It is an open event for children and adults, this means that anyone can come to this event. This event is to let people know about our many projects. It and all-day event that ends at night with fireworks. We bring live music, DJ’s, dance companies, car show, “jumpy things”, American football, face painting, snow cones, popcorn, Bibles and many other things fun activities. Fun for the whole family.
August: La Quinceañeras
These celebrations are super special for us. Why are they so special? Because we celebrate the 15th birthday of the girls of all the orphanages and communities that we work with. We make them feel special this day. People from the United States bring dresses to the girls and suits for the boys. For many this is the first experience they have choosing their dresses, jewelry, shoes, hair washed and styled, make up and fingernails done. This is a true time to present the girls and introduce to the guests by name.
The event takes place in a hotel each event has a special theme so they can feel really special this day. We have a giant birthday cake, decorations and have special dances, presentations, Batucada and of course a long dance party!
October: Day of the Child
Day of the Child
This month we celebrate the day of the child in the orphanages and some communities. We have a giant party with popcorn, snow cones, face painting, piñatas and balloons, and a special gift for all the children.
This event happens in game centers, waterparks, bowling alleys children’s museums, or in the orphanages if they are not able or allowed to leave.
November: Thanksgiving Day
This one also takes place in States Diner culinary program. This event is also open to public and everybody is welcome they only must bring a family dish to share, it’s a time to share great food and celebrate as a family with 200 or so of your closest family members.
We pray and give thanks for everybody in the room and that God is truly blessing us.
December: Celebrating Christmas with communities, orphanages and Family!
Christmas beach community party
This celebration takes place in La Libertad; we make this event for 3 different communities near the beach. This event has been going on for over 30 years and now it is our care for the last 10 years. All the people of this community know us because we have built dozens of houses in the community and fed thousands of families.
At this party we celebrate the Birth of Jesus with a short play about His life, the kids in the community also participate. We also have piñatas for the kids, snow cones, popcorn, face painting, balloons, gifts for the kids that are wrapped according to the age of the child and they get lunch and a snack. The last several years we have had almost 1000 in attendance.
Christmas Angel Tree
Every year we have a Christmas tree in the States Diner culinary program with Angels hanging that have a child’s name, age, shoe size, clothes size, and a special / toys they want. Everyone that visits has the opportunity to buy a special gift, wrap that gift for them, for one of the children that are truly special important to us. It is our wish to fulfill each wish that these children have.
When all the gifts arrive to States Diner, we organize them to send them to deliver to each orphanage and community and have a Christmas party with Santa to give them the gifts. They feel special, they feel loved and they know that they have not been forgotten on Christmas and that we are praying for them.