Effort helps children near Guadalajara
By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A family effort with a Christmas jar has transformed into a project known as Sisters for School Kids in Mexico and is designed to raise funds for underprivileged school-aged children near Guadalajara, Mexico.
Jenn Mariscal, of Dayton, said many, many families in Mexico don’t have enough money to buy school supplies, uniforms, shoes and other items.
“Children are not allowed to go to school if they don’t have a uniform,” she said.
Jenn is married to Neto Mariscal, who trains horses in the Dayton area. Neto is from San Isidro, Jalisco, Mexico near Guadalajara. The couple has four girls.
“We saw a real need in this area of Mexico and it is the same all over the county,” said Jenn. “Mexico is not like the United States. The country doesn’t have programs that give out food, health insurance, clothing or other things. Families don’t have ‘rich’ relatives, not even one, who are better off than they are. There is no one in a position to help.”
She said her family made a Christmas jar just before Christmas of 2010 and placed it in their house.
“It was just a family thing. We put all of our spare change into this big glass jar and accumulated $80. Then before my husband made a trip to Mexico, we went to Wal-Mart and bought school supplies.”
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