St. Luke's Church, where Father Beto Lopez is Pastor, once again sponsored a huge Christmas giving tree for ATB and the generous response of the church members was overwhelming with over a thousand wonderful gifts being donated.
The El Paso Christian Women's Connection and Lundy Elementary School also contributed to the success by donating over 200 toys.
Along with delivering toys to two hospitals in Las Cruces, the Salazar’s, their son Luis, daughters Mayte and Isa and 18 volunteers from St. Luke’s Church in El Paso, delivered toys to several hospitals in El Paso.
The El Paso Children’s Hospital (Thomason) invited Andrew's Toy Box to the Posada that is held every year for the pediatric oncology department. During the vent, ATB provided over 200 toys and 100 cookies for the children.
Lundy Elementary School in El Paso played a large part in the success of the ATB’s toy drive. One little boy named Matthew donated his favorite Bat Man figure, which Aurora personally delivered to a six-year-old boy at the El Paso Children’s Hospital’s Posada. According to Aurora, the child is so ill, he has to wear a mask over his face to avoid being exposed to any kind germ.
“I spoke to him (the sick little boy) and I told him the Bat Man story and how Matthew wanted the Bat Man to be in the hands of a very special boy, just like him,” said Aurora. “The mother told me that his name is Andrew and that he had asked Santa for a Bat Man for Christmas and also that he has many Bat Man posters in his room.
“The director asked Andrew if he wanted to take a picture with me and the boy agreed. He came closer to me and said that even though I couldn’t see his face, he was smiling under the mask. I just wanted to cry.”
In addition to El Paso Children’s Hospital, ATB delivered toys for clinicas "La Fe" in El Paso. On Christmas day, the Salazar’s drove to Juarez and personally delivered toys to the local pediatric hospital.
“We had a great Christmas day,” Aurora said.
ATB also donated 20 plastic bags filled with clothing, school supplies and toys for the poor and sick children in Juarez through the Siguiendo Los Pasos de Jesus organization.