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A Promise Made, a Promise Kept

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By Peggy Jones and Marilyn Peterson

Photos by Marilyn Peterson

Every Wednesday, 140 elderly and disabled people wind their way through a long, dark, tunnel and into the light. After trekking up a steep flight of stairs, step by step, they enter a festive courtyard that resides in the back of the Parroquia. Volunteers greet them with hugs and handshakes, music trails through the air. There is buzz of activity both joyful and festive! Is this heaven, you ask? For many guests who arrive, it is!

So Others May Eat (SOME) began more than 28 years ago as a lunch program for the seniors of San Miguel. Founders Antonette and Joe Lim opened this mission and channeled a large portion of the earnings from their small business to support this labor of love. Antonette and Joe steadfastly administered to elderly shut-ins, old lonely souls, broken bodies, and bleeding hearts. Because of the Lim family’s generosity, the elderly weren’t only served a balanced four-course meal, but also a generous helping of physical, emotional, and spiritual nutrition. The Lims brought joy, laughter, and dignity peppered with lessons in life and health, safety, nutrition and leadership. Last year before Antonette died, her final request of her family and friends was to “Keep SOME alive and ask 100 Women Who Care for help!”

In February, 2013, several friends who wanted to help this community designed a quick method to raise money at quarterly meetings without the time-consuming effort associated with fundraising. They formed 100 Women Who Care, and it continues to prosper as competing NGOs are nominated, vetted, and randomly drawn from a hat. Chosen organizations present for five minutes and the membership votes. One vote costs $1,000 pesos, so the award can be substantial!

On July 17, 2017, SOME was drawn and won the popular vote to resounding cheers and applause! SOME was awarded $100,000 pesos to purchase 150 adjustable canes, several pots and pans, serving equipment dishes and racks, mesh shopping bags filled with groceries, chairs, table cloths, garbage bins, and other essentials.

This group, 100 Women Who Care lifts San Miguel organizations up so they can expand and take flight. These 100 women (and men) enabled a dying woman’s wish to be fulfilled. Antonette’s youngest daughter, Grace, with her husband Francisco and father Joe, promised Antonette they would insure SOME’s survival and enlarge SOME’s outreach of feeding, clothing, and caring for San Miguel’s truly beautiful people, our seniors.

Was this a match made in heaven, Antonette? We think it is so!

 

Meeting

100 Women Who Care

Mon, Oct 16, 5–6pm

Rosewood Hotel

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