Party with a Purpose

Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7pm

Our goal is to raise $2020 USD to support ABBA House, 

a migrant shelter that temporarily houses and cares for those escaping violence, danger and poverty in their native countries and, working directly with the Red Cross, rehabilitating those who have lost limbs during their journey.


*As of this morning, the event is SOLD OUT. However, we are still needing to raise additional fund$. Please use the donation button below for a one time donation in any amount, or to buy a raffle ticket for an Ethiopian Dinner experience. Thank you so much for your support! 

Please use the donation button below to make a one time donation in any amount. 

Some of the fabulous items available at the silent auction are:

  • artwork and jewelry by local artists

  • a vintage crystal chandelier

  • handmade purses, weavings and textiles

  • tickets to The Improv People

  • gift certificates for local restaurants (OKO, The Restaurant, Hecho en Mexico, Tostévere), facials, thai massage

  • brand new 19" flatscreen TV (perfect for the kitchen, computer screen or kids bedroom)

  • more items added weekly! Please check back to see the growing list:) 

Also, we'll be raffling a very unique, custom Ethiopian  dinner date with Eli + Joseph! 

You and a guest could enjoy a delicious, unique dinner experience with Eli + Joseph, prepared especially for us by Comida Afro Allende.


Your winning ticket will be drawn at the the party. You need not be present to win, but you do need to buy your raffle tickets;)


Only ONE WINNER will be chosen, and the dinner will be scheduled soon, at a time that works for all of us.


Good luck, and thanks for your support! 

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"Thousands of people are walking thousands of miles, risking their lives in search of a better life. Many people lose limbs and become greatly injured by jumping on trains during their harrowing quest for a better life.


Let us help wherever and whenever and whoever we can!" 

Here's how you can help:

  1. Donate funds using the Paypal button (even $5 helps!)

  2. Purchase raffle ticket(s) above for your chance to win a unique ethiopian dinner with Eli + Joseph 

  3. Copy the link to this page and share it with 10 of your friends  via email, text, whatsapp or post it to their FB page! 

  4. Volunteer at ABBA house to work directly with those in need (some spanish language proficiency preferred.)

Thank you so much for your support and kindness. You might never know who you've helped, and they might never know you.


Yet your generosity today will help a family eat better, sleep better and feel better tonight — and tomorrow. 

With deep gratitude, 

Eli + Joseph + all the gift recipients

“It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.” ― Leo Buscaglia

Our annual December charity event
*Holiday Donations*
For Those Living at (or on the fringes of) The Dump 

Abel + Eli being interviewed about their experience with this project. 

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Are you interested in helping next year?
Thank you!  

(We so appreciate you! And likely all of your questions will be answered below.

Please take a moment to read through all of the information on this page.)

Quick story: One year for Christmas we decided that we'd had enough. We had 67 (count 'em folks!) sixty-seven presents under the tree.

"Never again," we said. "There's too many people in need. Let's go help them." 

Previously, Joseph had spent years working as a social worker and the psychiatric unit where he worked routinely adopted a family through the local community center's "Adopt a Family" program.


That was all the inspiration we needed. 

In San Diego, where we were living, there are thousands of disadvantaged people living on the streets and in the parks. And contrary to popular belief, it gets really cold in San Diego. 

So we bought blankets, loaded up the back of our pick-up truck and went to give them away. Within moments the blankets were gone. And then we heard "this is great, but... Do you have any water?

That was in 2006. The project grew each year to include more volunteers, and trucks overflowing with food, toiletries, sleeping bags, tents, pillows, vitamins, toothbrushes... and yes, water.


Fast forward to 2012. We were driving past the municipal dump with friends, outside of Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico. And in the mountains of trash, we noticed some movement. There were people in there, barely noticeable because they blended in with the trash.


"They're scavenging through the trash for stuff to sell or eat or use as clothing. Maybe even for scraps to build a hut," our friend said. 


That Christmas we put out a call, and since then dozens of volunteers have delivered hundreds of gifts each year to those "working" at the dump. We bring Christmas to those we consider to be the poorest of the poor — those who are scavenging through trash to find food, clothing, shelter or things to sell. 

Last year there were nearly 300 people waiting for us when we drove in. Many of them children. 

This year, the need is even greater — with more and more people living below poverty or their family members have left, trying to get to the US for work.


To help lessen some of their suffering, we'd love to have your support.  

If you'd like to join us this year, here's how you can help:

  • donate any of the items listed below, or money.

  • be a volunteer shopper using donated funds*

  • join us in delivering gifts directly to those in need on the morning of December 24th (we meet at 9am.)

If you're not in San Miguel and want to help out:  


THANK YOU! You're welcome to donate money in any amount using our paypal link. 100% of monies raised go to support those in need. 

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Your donations are welcome at Subida al Caracol 11,

just above the intersection of Prolongación Aldama

and 5 de Mayo. GRACIAS! 

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And a HUGE THANK YOU for supporting this endeavor over the past 12 years! You've made such a difference in bringing comfort and compassion to hundreds of people! 

In deep gratitude,  
Eli, Joseph, all the volunteers and all of the recipients!


P.S: If someone you know is looking for a direct way to help others and alleviate suffering this holiday season, please share this webpage with them. Many of us find a lot of joy in helping others and they'll thank you for the opportunity :) 

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   List of Needed Items* 

  • juice, milk, fresh fruits + vegetables (fresh fruits and veggies delivered on the 23rd), beans, rice, canned goods (in pop-up cans)

  • new or gently used blankets, hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters, socks

  • sleeping bags, tarps, tents, pillows

  • new, cold weather shoes for children and adults

  • toilet paper, feminine products, diapers, baby wipes

  • condoms, vicks vapor rub, vitamin C, aspirin, cough syrup

  • toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand + body soap, hand sanitizer, latex gloves

  • heavy tote bags, buckets, candles, large tub basins, rope, small tools, duct tape, sturdy work gloves 

  • dog food

  • 1-gallon or 5-gallon bottles of water

  • for the children: notebooks, pens, pencils, coloring books, crayons, soccer balls, stuffed animals, toys (nothing battery operated please) and candy ;) 

*We've noticed over the years that food, water, vitamins, blankets, buckets, tarps and tents are more needed than clothing, for example. Unfortunately, each year a large pile of pants and shorts and t-shirts go unwanted. Jackets, sweaters and warm shoes and socks are more sought after items.


Also a large box of juice is more usable (and environmentally friendly) than a case of small juice boxes, etc.


Beginning Wednesday, December 2nd, your donations will be welcomed at The Studio Space, Subida al Caracol 11 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10 am - 3 pm.

Special note: please be mindful of the packaging that you use when shopping. The dumps are full (!) and each year dozens of plastic bags show up with the donations. Please consider shopping with tote bags or cardboard boxes (which can then be given to the recipients to collect their gifts...) 

Also, while shopping, it's best to support SMALL mom & pop vendors, rather than larger stores. This way everyone wins!

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The local dump, where people scavenge for food, clothing, items to create shelter or items to sell... 


Christmas, 2018. Lots of very happy people receiving their holiday gifts! :)