Right around Thanksgiving, I start listening to Christmas music. It puts me in the frame of mind to recall pleasant memories of family gatherings and look forward to the food and fellowship.
This time of year, I’m also thinking about how our gifts of time, tools, and dollars can help out our craftsmen in Central America. I’ve had the pleasure of making two trips to El Salvador recently. On both trips, I was able to provide woodworking training to several craftsmen on behalf of Tools for Opportunity. These are folks that work very hard to provide for their families and help their communities. It’s an emotional experience to see how much they appreciate our time and effort to help them.
Guys like Mauricio, for example. Here’s a guy with a humble shop outdoors with not much more than a tin roof to keep out the rain. We were able to provide training and tools for him to expand his woodworking business. Only a year later, he’s got plenty of work to keep him busy. He’s built up quite a reputation as a woodworker for building doors, cabinets, and other items.
A little goes a long way with these craftsmen. They appreciate the smallest things and learn to make do with whatever they have. That’s why it’s important that you consider donating to Tools for Opportunity. Your cash provides tools and training. And if you or someone you know has old tools that aren’t being used, contact us to arrange donating them. Your cash and tool donations are tax-deductible.
As you prepare for the holiday season, take a moment to reflect on the blessings in your life — and how you can be a blessing to others.