Pantry Drive #1 August Report: Bonnie Newman reports the results of the August Pantry Drive:
Total cash donations:  $14,100 pesos which includes the "freezer" contributions;
Total cash spent to-date:  $4,846 pesos; Total cash reserves:  $9,254.00 pesos.
            Bonnie is also spending the funds wisely. She reports, “I try to get to Costco, Sam's, WalMart and the Abastos every eight to ten days and am buying very carefully.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays I take inventory of the pantry, talk to Elvia and Anabel for their lists, then usually run to Soriana for the ‘gotta-have-right-now’ stuff.  We should see some reduction in food costs due to spending the cash we raised wisely.”  
Pantry Drive #2: “Feed the Children: Give the kids at Love in Action Something to be Thankful for”: Volunteers Needed for: November 12-14:  Bonnie is now looking for volunteers to assist with the second Food Drive scheduled the weekend before Thanksgiving, a great time to collect food and donations for the Center from thankful donors. Donor sites will be set up at local supermarkets again: El Torito, Superlake and WalMart. Materials are being printed and banners prepared to inform the foreign and Mexican communities about the Center. If you can assist for 2.5 hour shift between 9:30 and 5:00 on Friday Saturday or Sunday, contact either Bonnie at 766-0963 or Weezie Burgess at 766-2830
Dina Oropeza Becomes Love in Action Administrator: Thanks to the generous donation of a benefactor, Love in Action now has a fulltime paid Administrator.  Acting Board President, Weezie Burgess, has announced "The Board is thrilled that Dina has accepted this position. 
Dina understands the needs of the Center and will be a tremendous asset to the staff and Board as we proceed towards making Love in Action the best place it can be for children in our community. Anabel Frutos, founder and spiritual director, will remain at Love in Action in that capacity."

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Love in Action Benefit October 21-24: “Michael Sudheer …Goes back to Broadway!”

            Join Michael at Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) for an evening of Broadway songs and patter: October 21–24 with performances at 7:30 PM and Sunday Matinée at 3:00 PM. Michael will be donating a portion of his proceeds to the Love in Action Center. Michael Sudheer is well known as a show-stopping and well-loved performing artist in San Miquel de Allende theatre and cabaret. His new show promises a dreamy, delightful, and delicious evening of Broadway songs which will fill you with memories, laughter and the urge to sing. Thanks to LLT and to Michael!!
            Tickets (100 pesos) go on sale at LLT in San Antonio every day except Sunday from September 30 from 10:00 AM through noon. Tickets also will be available at LLT during the run of “Our Lady of the Tortilla” October 2 – 10 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.
Save the Date: Super Holiday Cocktail Supper Party: December 13:  Bonnie, Weezie, Michael, Connie, Bettina, Dixie and Tom all invite you to enjoy fabulous food, an open bar, music and entertainment, all in a beautiful private residence in Ajijic. All thanks to the generosity of our benefactors so that all proceeds will go to the Love in Action Center. Tickets $1000 pesos per person and limited to 200. Make your reservations early through Bettina Rigby at 766 0149 or or Dixie Topham at 766 5987 or
ESL Classes at the Center: Beginning in September, we have two ESL classes, the second level of the beginner's class begun last year, with four students, and the third level of the more advanced class from last year with three students with teachers are Pixie Frayer and Marilyn McDivitt. The classes meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings for the youngest ones (Level 2) and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for the older ones (Level 3).  
            We are looking for a teacher for the Beginners of which there are two or three children really interested. Please email either Pixie at or Marilyn at if you would like to teach the Beginners or help out in any other way. 

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Recycle Program to raise money at LiA: PLEASE bring us your aluminum. Recycling aluminum cans is a common way of making money here in Mexico. Help us to raise funds for LiA by saving all your cans and dropping them off at the Center. Once we get enough, our young boys will enjoy squishing them to turn into cash. Also, this should make for a good learning experience for them (trash = cash!) 
Kudos and Thanks: Marcia Lavender reports that she has received monetary donations from The Lakeside Amigas Women’s Group at Lakeside for food which she has used for the Monday Comida project.  Thanks to the women for assisting in feeding our children. 
            Thanks to the Jewelry Group volunteers who have donated beads for some of the girls to make jewelry under the guidance of new volunteer Karen Richardson.   
            And thanks to the Mexican women’s group Acción Voluntaria who organized a Bicentenial Night to raise funds for the five Lakeside children’s shelters including Love in Action. The event was attended by over 200 enthusiastic Mexicans and ex pats at the Chapala Cultural Center the former train station. And thanks to the artists who donated paintings successfully auctioned off by artist Efren Gonzalez who donated two of his own paintings.

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LiA Bazaar: Come and shop at the LIA Bazaar at the Center on Pedro Moreno #76 in Chapala. Check out the large quantity of mostly foreign donated quality clothing for men, women and children at bargain prices. Open Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 3 PM. Volunteers are always welcome. If you have a few hours a week to spend, contact Mary Anne Molinari at 766-0175 or
Lake Chapala Review October Column: Friends from Afar:  Love in Action is honored and most grateful to have volunteers and friends come from afar to help out at the Center. Recently, after completing their university degrees, Deidre O’Brien and Ria Dower came from County Kerry Ireland for a two month stay to offer assistance. Their expenses were paid by funds raised by the two young women at home, primarily through charity events supported by personal friends and family.
            Deidre and Ria heard about Love in Action through a contact with a local supporter. Ria had already been to Kenya on a previous volunteer project, but stated that many programs require volunteers to donate large sums much of which then goes to administrative costs. The opportunity to help children at Love in Action has no such requirements. Nonetheless, the women plan to donate 1000 Euros to the Center as part of their contribution. 

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            While working initially with the infants in the nursery to prepare them for meals and bedtime at night, Ria and Deidre then expanded their services to work with older girls with art and other classroom lessons for children who are unable to attend school until paperwork is completed. Both claim to be lucky to have this experience and that it has made them more appreciative of the advantages they have in Ireland. Thus, they plan to get involved in more volunteer work when they return. The also commented that the Center could use more volunteers from the local community to assist with preparing meals, socializing with the children and helping guide them to brighter futures.
            Other volunteers come to the Center from the United States and Canada. This past summer, a group from a church in Oregon arrived to help construct the successful vegetable garden at the Center. And teams from the Rotary Club helped prepare the site for the new Bazaar. 
            Another source of volunteers is the Intern Program organized by LiA Board member Weezie Burgess who once ran a large social service organization in Nashville. Weezie recruits volunteers from public service undergraduate and Masters programs in universities. The students are evaluated by Weezie for their work at Love and Action and receive course credit. 
            Maria from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts did a research project during her four month stay on the effects of abuse on children at the Center. She found that those children who had been abandoned or were abused tended either to withdraw or to act out to obtain more attention. Weezie says her experience with the interns “has been a real joy for me.” She added that all four recent interns have obtained jobs as a result of their multinational work at the Center.
            Love in Action thanks all volunteers, both local and from afar, who contribute so much to the health and well-being of the children at the shelter. 
The LIA Newsletter is published each month by Robin Lawrason, Press Relations for the Center. The Newsletter is also published and updated as needed throughout the month on the Love in Action Center Website under “News” at   If you have LiA news items you would like to include or names to add to our Mailing List, or would like to be removed from the list, contact Robin at