Our Mexican crew transformed themselves into Santa’s elves to get to work to bring Christmas cheer to one more needy family this past weekend.

We thank a very generous donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, for showing the true spirit of Christmas in bringing the gift of a home to the young Bedolla Hernandez family of four. Blanca and Jose have two young children, Josue who is 5 and Vianney who is 20 months. Project Mercy has known the family for two years and they were on the list for a house last April. But then the coronavirus struck, and all house building was cancelled.

Son Josue was born with Myelomeningocele, a severe form of spina bifida. He has had two surgeries, one at birth and the other when he was was two. He has started to walk a little but has many many years of therapy ahead. Medical cost take up much of the meager 1400 pesos ($75) salary Jose earns per week in his factory job. Because of their economic situation they have not been able to develop their land, they stay with relatives and sleep on a borrowed sofa.

Project Mercy construction manager and team leader John Zawis said: “We had a great build today. The team worked hard, the weather was perfect, and the family helped us throughout the day. Everyone was in a festive mood, and the family was extremely grateful, thankful, and emotional about their new home.”