Fulton Family from Minnesota Helps Local Families – March 15

 Miriam hopes to keep her younger children in school

Miriam hopes to keep her younger children in school

Julie Fulton contacted Friends of Cozumel via posting a message to this site just two days before she and her family arrived for vacation last week. She asked if we needed supplies to benefit families here and mentioned they had extra luggage space . . . YES!!! We quickly sent a list of needs they might already have in their home as well as special items needed for the School Supplies Project.

Special thanks to Mike and Julie Fulton and their extended family for bringing very generous donations of baby/children’s clothing and shoes, women’s wear; fun stickers for kids, and multiple sets of washable markers and wide-rule spiral notebooks for the School Supplies Project.

Pictured here is Miriam’s family (widowed young mother with six children) that will directly benefit from the clothing and shoes donated by the Fultons. Each of Miriam’s children will receive a backpack of school supplies and a pair of gently used or new tennis shoes this summer to enable them to continue their education. Miriam didn’t attend school beyond first or second grade. She can not read or write but she is determined to support her children staying in school. As a single mother earning minimum wage (about $7 per day), she can’t afford to buy each child school supplies, two school uniforms, a pair of black shoes and a pair of tennis shoes . . . all required to attend public school. Donations like the Fultons brought make a HUGE difference to children and families “in need”.

Vacationing with Mike and Julie were their two children, Julie’s mother, and grandmother . . . four generations . . . How cool is that?! I met them briefly when they arrived at the Cozumel airport and was struck by their 10 year old daughter’s comments as she opened her backpack to give me a bag of “her” clothes saying “These are for the kids who really need them.” She clearly understands the value of giving to others who may be less fortunate. The Fultons work with their church in Minnesota to support homeless shelters, Christian ministries, provide tutoring, teaching and counseling. Julie’s mother, a kindergarten teacher, shared she would love to return to the island for volunteer work with children.

A great example of families helping other families . . . THANKS FULTONS! –Karen

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