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Mayan Families Christmas Holiday Update!

We apologize, the links in the original e-mail we sent yesterday did not work. Now they are working correctly.
If you have already sent a Christmas Tamale Food Basket, please disregard this e-mail as it is going out to all sponsors and supporters.
It is not too late! It is Christmas Tamale Food Basket time again! Tis the Season for Giving lots of Food!

Christmas Food Basket Time for your Sponsored Student and their Family!

Christmas Food Baskets

Christmas is almost upon us, and many supporters have written asking if it is still possible to send a Tamale Food Basket to a family this holiday season...yes--there is still time! You do not need to be a sponsor to send a food basket--a general donation to the Christmas Tamale Basket program will provide for a family in need who would not otherwise receive one. The Tamale Baskets give enough food to feed a family of 10 people, and are a great way to ensure that a family can enjoy the traditional Christmas meal. More than that, the baskets are in many cases a much needed supplement for families who have been struggling to keep food on the table during this particularly difficult year. More information, and instructions for donating a basket, can be found on the Mayan Families website, here.

Due to many requests, this year we have also provided a small list of toys that can be purchased here in Guatemala as Christmas gifts for children and sponsored students (you can find the list here). If you would like to make your sponsored student's or a childs holiday a little brighter with a gift, we will be happy to purchase it and send you a photo of the student as they receive it, please include your e-mail address and student number.

Finally, if you would like to send a Tamale Basket, toy, or other donation in someone else's name this Christmas, we have provided several holiday cards which can be printed out and given as gifts. There are two options that can be used for any type of donation, and four that are designed for specific gifts--Tamale baskets, water filters, fuel-efficient stoves, and beds. You can find them all here, at, a website run by 3 of our volunteers. We will have these on our Mayan Families web site sometime early next year. These are great for the people on your list who already have everything!

Thank you, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a wonderful New Year!

If you would like to help Mayan Families gain more support, please consider forwarding this e-mail to your friends, family, and colleagues. You can do a Facebook or Twitter posting, put up posters, shout from mountain tops -- get creative! Spreading the word is free, and lets the world know you think Mayan Families is doing a good job and deserves their support. It is a huge help to us, and introduces our programs to people who would never hear about them otherwise. Thank you again for your support!

To make a contribution please go to our website
and go the General Donation section to send a donation.

If you would like to nominate a special family or a sponsored student to receive your basket please send us their name or student number by e-mail to
If you would like to pay by check please send your donation made out to Mayan Families to:

Mayan Families

P.O. Box 52
Claremont, N.C. 28610

If you would like to give this gift in Honor of someone special, please send us an email at
giving us the details and we will put them on our IN HONOR OF web have an e-mail sent to the person you are honoring - please send us their email address.

Mayan Families is a small non-profit group working in the Highlands of Guatemala. We are a registered 501(c)(3) Non Profit Charity of the Internal Revenue Code. .
Your donation is tax deductible.

P.S. Please help spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your community or posting it on your personal blog, web page and your social networks such as Facebook, You Tube, MySpace, Twitter, Hi5, Blogs and any others that are appropriate.
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Thank you once again for supporting Mayan Families!
Sharon Smart-Poage
Mayan Families
Tel: 619-550-2608