The Warmth of Tradition

In anticipation of Children’s Emergency Relief International’s (CERI) annual winter boot mission, residents from Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) knitted more than 375 warm wool hats to protect orphaned and impoverished children in Eastern Europe from frostbite.

Healing Inside and Out

Amid the lush, green landscape of Otutulu – a result of the active rainy season – locals eagerly awaited the arrival of CERI’s medical team. As one volunteer recounted, the beautiful surroundings of the town and joyful attitudes of the children seemed like a gilded façade.

Mi Casa es Su Casa

When CERI led a fact-finding mission to assess the humanitarian needs of the children and families in Chiapas – one of the poorest states in Mexico – team members expected to encounter scenes of poverty similar to other countries served by the organization. Yet when the team ventured to the rural Mexican countryside, what they found was indescribable.

A Decade of Delivering Hope

Each winter for the past decade, volunteers from across the country have spent their holiday vacations in Eastern Europe with Houston-based Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI), the overseas division of BCFS, distributing snow boots, thick socks, hats and scarves to orphans. The warm wear protects against painful frostbite that is common during the harsh winter months.