Colonia children receive Christmas gifts thanks to local pharmacies

Children visit with Santa Claus at LUPE annual posada in Mercedes

Thanks to the generous donation of Richard’s Pharmacy as well as eight additional pharmacies, over four hundred colonia children received a Christmas blessing Saturday. Each year Richard’s Pharmacy sponsors a gift give-away and posada event at three different LUPE offices, where colonia children receive a gift and goodie bag, talk to Santa, and spend time with family and neighbors, celebrating the spirit of the holidays.

Special thanks to the leadership of Richard’s Pharmacy, who sought additional donations from local pharmacies on top of its own, this year we were able to give out more gifts than any year before. In all, nine pharmacies donated to the children: Family Care Pharmacy, Lino’s Pharmacy, Med Care Pharmacy, Lone Star Pharmacy, Ochoa’s Pharmacy, Fry’s Prescription Pharmacy, Saenz Pharmacy, Med-Aid Pharmacy, and Richard’s Pharmacy.

San Juan area family receive gifts from Santa

Colonia residents are some of the poorest, yet hardest working families in the Rio Grande Valley. Between paying bills, housing costs, food and other expenses, for many, Christmas may not come this year. When they join with LUPE, however, colonia residents gain the tools to overcome many of the barriers keeping them in poverty. Our yearly Christmas posadas are just one way that LUPE helps colonia residents live a little better and keep up their spirits while they work toward their American dream.

Our gratitude and appreciation goes out to the independent pharmacies, and especially Richard’s Pharmacy, for helping give these children a special Christmas this year.

Check out facebook and flickr for all the beautiful, bright faces of the children and their parents!

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