Yes, many of you know that the Oakland Raiders are big supportors of our work at Hogar Miguel Magone Orphanage. They donate numerous items and we ship the Raiders merchandise to the orphanage prior to our work trips. When I am there, I personally give the goodies to the boys. Some of the things that have been donated are Oakland Raider shirts, hats, lanyards, spiral notebooks, Raider’s folders, flag football sets, Oakland Raiders soccer balls, Oakland Raiders stickers and of course….beautiful, sturdy Oakland Raiders backpacks. The Oakland Raiders organization donates 100 backpacks for the beginning of the boys’ school year. The boys LOVE the Oakland Raiders.
I went to the Oakland Raiders headquarters on Friday. I also was able to meet many, many members of their fine staff.
This is a picture of the Oakland Raiders headquarters building in Alameda, CA. Isn’t it beautiful? How would you like to look at that lagoon every day when you come to work?
Here’s a better close up of the entrance to the building.
Here’s a picture of some of the staff members that I met with while I was there. Part of the reason that I was there was to say ‘thanks’ to as many people as possible. I had silver & black pulseras (bracelets) made in Antigua, Guatemala. I had these made specifically for the purpose of giving one to each and every staff member at the Raiders headquarters building. I had 70 pulseras made and I gave most of them out on Friday. And that was fun. Mark (holding the Orphan’s Hope Project shirt in the left of the picture) and I walked all over that building a few times, trying to catch people at their desks, waiting til they got out of meetings, or off the phone, etc. He introduced me to everyone that we could find. All of them received their silver & black pulsera (with a thank you note) and many of them put them on their wrists right away. Yes, of course they liked them…they were Oakland Raiders colors.
Here are some of our younger children with their new backpacks. These boys range in age from 5 to 9 years old.
Here are some of our medianos…the medium sized boys. This group is usually our largest group of boys and sometimes we have 20 medianos…sometimes closer to 30. They are usually about 9 years old to 13. Most of our children are smaller than children in the US.
Here’s a close up of four of our boys. On the day the boys got the backpacks this year, they also got new sweatshirts. They were doubly happy that day. This picture was taken in January 2009. January is the beginning of their new school year. They really need those backpacks as they have to carry all their books and school supplies back and forth each day to school. And their walk to school is 1 3/4 miles…each way. And it’s a hilly walk. They get their exercise. I love walking them to school in the morning.
This is Miguel, showing off his new hat and shirt. Many of the boys love wearing their hats off to the side like this. Look at that smile!
And of course, the Oakland Raiders logo. We couldn’t forget that.
We are eternally grateful for all the items that the Oakland Raiders give to the boys. One day, we might even get a player at the orphanage so that he can feel the joy of giving these wonderful gifts to the boys.
THANK YOU OAKLAND RAIDERS ORGANIZATION!!! We love you and your help!