Category: Border Issues

Toys are starting to get in!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Thank you Giving Hearts for the first toys of the year!

It's time again for the Giving Hearts Toy Drive. We are a country with many blessings, let us share it with the beautiful children in our sister city of Cd. Juarez. We are collecting toys starting Sept. 20th through Dec. 30. This year we are collecting toys for children in Juarez in the colonias where there is much need. We will take the toys ourselves. Please become a giving heart. Toys will be given out on the week of JANUARY 6, 2014.
This is how you can become a "GIVING HEART":
• Donate a toy of $5 or more (preferably new)
   Boys prefer soccer balls... Please NO TOY GUNS
• Donate cash so we can buy the toys.
• Volunteer to come and help take the toys to the children
• Have your place of business be a "Drop off" place for the toys
• Have your business become a "Giving Heart" sponsor
• Invite your friends to participate
• Spread the word!
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We also accept clean, working, used toys. Clothing, blankets, furniture. We can pick up bigger things, just contact us.
sandra@creativegong.com
915-491-5170 or 915-564-9960

GIVING HEARTS FACEBOOK

DROP OFF PLACES

Creative Gong LLC 3431 Pershing Dr. Ste A6
Monday - Friday 12 pm to 8 pm (915)491-5170

Di Sogno Relaxation and Hypnosis Center 523 Montana
8:30 am - 1:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (915) 831-9078

Kipps Cheesesteak 203 E Mills Ave (915) 838-7500
Monday-Saturday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Giving Hearts 2014 Invitation

Friday, October 4, 2013

It is time for our Giving Hearts project. I would like to share with you all the story of how "Giving Hearts" project came to be.

In 2003 I was invited on a trip to Chiapas. January 1st of 2004 was going to be the 10th anniversary of the EZLN's rise up in arms against the Mexican Government. I was intrigued and so I did go. We back packed this trip. Because it was an anniversary, there were many people from all over the world as spectators. We got to meet some of the most interesting people. One of them was a Mexican anthropologist who had a house in a town close to San Cristobal and invited us to stay and celebrate Xmas eve with his people. At the party, there were people from all over the world and many of them were activists and such. There I met a man from Chile who worked with children from the streets in his country. He recruited them from the streets and tried to get them to leave drugs and rehabilitate so that they could be reincorporated to their families and society. I was captivated by this guy's mission. So on Xmas day we traveled to San Cristobal where the Chilean guy was renting a house. We stayed with him in San Cristobal until January 1st 2004 when the celebrations took place. The most interesting trip ever.

Anyways, when we parted, I asked him, "how can I be of help to your organization?" He said, "easy, through prayer... if you want to help financially, it is up to you what you wanna do or give." So I came back to El Paso and stayed in touch with many of the people that I met including the Chilean guy. Once August came around, I thought, what if I send his kids toys or some kind of gifts. One of my friends who at the time worked downtown with the Vietnamese store owners, he suggested we speak to his boss to get a good deal on smaller, light toys and ship the toys to Chile. So we did and the kids were super surprised and happy. That is how Giving Hearts started.


The following year, I picked a different organization but in Brazil and did the same. Then someone suggested if they could help. Once people found out, friends and customers, they all wanted to donate something. I've learned that people if given an opportunity to be part of something larger than themselves, they will do it.

So we had been doing this for a few years. Usually, we shipped around 100 toys. In 2010 I didn't do Giving Hearts because I was focused on getting Peace of Art going. I felt I had too much on my plate. And then my momma got sick and well, Peace of Art and Giving Hearts were no longer a priority.

In 2012, when the Caravan for Peace came to El Paso, I was invited to a round table with local community leaders and activists. Got opportunity to meet Mr. Xavier Sicilia. There, I learned so much and one of the things that stood out to me: officially over 10,000 children are orphans as the result to the cartel violence from 2006 to 2012. I was shocked and deeply saddened by this information. I thought about what I could do. It bothered me. Speaking with my wonderfully wise mother, she suggested I revive the giving hearts project but keep the toys in the region, specifically Cd. Juarez. I was skeptical about it. I said to her it was too much work, one more project to organize. I thought toys were not enough to make a difference on a child's life. She suggested I think about it. So after some thought and prayer, I realized that if I make "Giving Hearts" a part of Peace of Art, it could work. So I did my small campaign via facebook and with little effort we collected 350 toys and even Soriana donated 10 Roscas de Reyes and Milk for us to take to the children. We also received some extra cash afterwards and that money was deposited into the Peace of art fund. It was such a wonderful experience to see the children's faces light up with joy over a toy!

Although, we had been sending toys to other orphanages in other countries, I never got to experience the moment when the children received their toy. And although, the children in those other countries also need a helping hand, There is a need here in the border. My heart told me we need to focus on our children.

This year our goal is to collect 700 toys. Help us bring smiles to the children. Mother Theresa once said, "Peace begins with a smile."

Thank you for helping us out.
Sincerely,

Sandra Salas

Working for the Kiddos

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Peace of Art: Design for Change is preparing to go to the next phase. Looking for artists to participate!
Since the "War on drugs" violence has left behind thousands of orphans, many of whom experienced the violence first hand, there needs to be some healing and forgiveness in these children's lives. At POA, we are thinking about having workshops with children in the orphanages of Cd. Juarez, Mexico. These workshops are designed to aide the children in the grieving and healing process. We will do it through the arts. We are looking for artists of all kinds to volunteer their time and talents to aide these beautiful children. Contact us: info@creativegong.com

Giving Hearts 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Peace of Art began a toy drive in the fall of 2012, "GIVING HEARTS." The idea behind it was to collect toys and deliver them across the border in Cd. Juarez to orphans left behind by the violence from the recent years. They were to be delivered on January 6, 2013,

In remembrence of the "Magi" bringing gifts to baby Jesus, Mexican tradition has it that children receive toys on this day. A bread called "rosca de reyes" accompanied by hot chocolate is the traditional food for the day and families get together to celebrate.

Due to the weather, we delivered the toys one week later but the joy and celebration was the same. Along with the toys, we brought "rosca de reyes" and hot chocolate to share with the beautiful children.

You can go to our gallery to see some of the pics of the celebration.

Children waiting for toys

Peace by Ivan Ortega

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Given the tragic recent events in our country and all the controversy with gun control, we decided to feature this poster done by Ivan Ortega.

Toying with the simple idea of violence and piece uniting them as one bridging them together. Guns and nature seemed best way to illustrate this spelling out the word peace simply stating what it stands for.

Caravan4Peace El Paso, TX 2012

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Javier Sicilia and the Caravan 4 Peace visit El Paso, City Hall.

Caravan 4 Peace, El Paso, TX 2012

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Colgar los Tenis / Hang the Sneakers by Jair Tapia

Monday, October 29, 2012

Colgar los Tenis by Jair Tapia is this week's poster. He explains, "The semiotic conventions from both sides of the border regarding the image of a pair of sneakers hanged from power lines, state signifiers that I was interested in addressing through my graphic work. In Mexico, the expression, 'colgar los tenis' (hanging the sneakers) is common slang for dying. But it is also believed that more than just an expression, the literal action of throwing the sneakers is a sort of urban ritual that honors a recent deceased. This last association is shared by some parts of the U.S. There is another connotation that comes primarily from the U.S. Sneakers that are found like this, signify that illegal drugs are sold in that specific geographical area. With all of these associations in mind, the metaphor of the gigantic shoes that are damagaing the city, hopefully will speak for itself to viewers."

Colgar los Tenis

Estado de Dolor / State of Pain by Iris Morales

Monday, October 22, 2012

This poster represent the crude reality that the state of Chihuahua, Mexico is going through. The raw meat represents all the deaths, the pain and suffering of a desperate society. The Gauze represents the hope that I believe can heal the pain that has been done. It is never too late.

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Estado de Dolor

The Enemy Within by Jen Badr

Monday, October 15, 2012

Since the snake on the flag represents the enemy, I decided to have the snake gaining some ground on the Mexican eagle. The eagle is still fighting and strong, but the snake (the cartels) are growing stronger and pose a serious threat to the future growth and development of Mexico.

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The Enemy Within

Peace Begins with a Smile

Monday, October 8, 2012

I once read this quote by the gracious Mother Teresa, "Peace begins with a smile." It made me smile and sure enough, I felt a peace within. This quote has stayed with me and I have thought about its meaning.

I decided to experiment with smiles. I consciously walk around genuinely smiling and realized that it makes me feel great. Whenever I smile to a complete stranger, their face changes. I smile while speaking with someone on the phone and people notice a difference. When dealing with a potential client, smiles help close the deal. When I smile to anyone providing me with a service, they treat me so much better and they smile back. I was in Juarez a few days ago and went to a pharmacy to buy some aspirin, with a smile I said good morning and asked for the aspirin. The pharmacist smiled back, we did the transaction and before I left she said, "you know ma'am, your smile brought a breathe of fresh air to me. Made me feel good, it energized me. We need more of that in this city. Thank you." I smiled back and walked away. Heck, I've noticed that smiling has helped me in the dating arena, guys are more attracted to the girl that smiles. I've tried smiling through a difficult situation and sure enough, it won't solve the problem, but it keeps me calm.

I see the results of a smile but I still cannot understand how something as simple as a smile can have that kind of impact. The thing is, that smiles do make a difference in people's lives and it does have a ripple effect. I wonder how far a smile can go? How much of an impact can it really have in society? Can a smile carry so much influence to where it is the first step towards attaining PEACE? I marvel at that. :)

Please help us bring smiles to children in Cd. Juarez. Participate in the "Giving Hearts" Project.