LIFE Christmas Party Brings Cheer to Belize Seniors

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

December 20, 2022

LIFE held its annual Christmas party recently, welcoming senior residents in Belize to enjoy a time of fun and generosity.

“Since Covid prevented us from gathering the past two years, we had to come back with a bang,” said Carlette Gentle, SCN. LIFE is a ministry that sets out to meet the needs and improve life for seniors in Belize.

Preparation for the party started months in advance by sending out letters to seek donations. For the party, each senior was given a handmade Christmas card, apples, traditional black and white cake, a meal of rice and beans, stewed chicken, potato salad, stuffings, ham, cranberry sauce, and a drink. They also received a hamper which included rice, flour, beans, oats, cereal, shortening, sausages, mac and cheese, ramen, baking powder, carnation milk, a large chicken, toilet paper, Clorox, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap powder.

In addition to these goodies, LIFE collaborated with St. Martins de Porres school, where the children shared some of their Christmas program activities with the seniors. A professional flutist joined us and welcomed the seniors walking into the hall with live Christmas music. They also enjoyed dancing and singing and just being in each other’s company for this Christmas season.

“We at LIFE thank all who contributed to make this grand celebration possible,” Sister Carlette said.

Information shared by Carlette Gentle, SCN

4 Comments

  1. Ann Palatty

    A real joyful Christmas. What a joy of sharing and making someone’s life enjoyable. Merry Christmas.

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  2. Camille Panich

    It is so wonderful that the folks that LIFE touches were able to gather for a Christmas party again. It is great that you were able to provide such a great meal and so many fine things for them to take home. God bless everyone who donated and participated. Keep at it Carlette! Your video interview was good – nice to see the folks and the flutist too in the background while you described the program and the needs. Well done! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

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  3. Maggie Cooper

    Wow, Carlette!
    It was so good to “go” to your Christmas party this year!! It looks wonderful! Thanks so much for the video, the pictures and the story!
    Your ministry with the seniors there is a real inspiration!

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    • Tess Browne

      🎵🎷A Merry, Merry Christmas to all the Seniors, volunteers and donors of LIFE. 🎄💞 Carlette, a true true Belizean celebration of Joy to the World with this comeback feast, camaraderie, and take home hamper. Love seeing the kids entertain, and hearing about the 5 areas of LIFE. Inspiring and life-giving my sistah.

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