Orphanage in Mexico gets Lions’ share of gifts

first_imgMONTEBELLO – Christmas celebrations came early for an orphanage in Tecate, Mexico, when more than a dozen members of the Montebello Lions Club arrived bearing gifts, food and money.In its first Orphanage Christmas Party on Dec. 10, the club showered toys, games, clothes, books and several computers on the 29 children at San Juan Bosco Orphanage.A past president of the Montebello club, Valente Herrera, owns a tile and flooring factory in Tecate. After witnessing the scarce resources at the orphanage, Valente decided to ask the club to unofficially “adopt” the facility earlier this year, said member Jerry Banuelos.“The place is run by volunteers,” said Banuelos, who is also the crime-prevention coordinator for the Montebello Police Department. “It’s a state facility, so like is often the case here in the U.S., they didn’t have enough staff for the 40 kids they used to have. They had to relocate some of them. It’s a mid-sized town which has a need for facilities for orphans.”Banuelos said the club hosted a barbecue, where Montebello City Clerk Bob King served as one of the chefs. The children feasted on carne asada, chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers.Those who wish to donate to the orphanage should contact Valente Herrera at (323) 721-9759. pam.wight@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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