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On a gravel playground in an impoverished village north of Mexico City, local children swarm Carolyn Jones as she offers them gifts from her heart, carefully wrapped in colorful shoe boxes. Inside each box are simple treasures: crayons and colored paper, bracelets and hair bows, cuddly stuffed toys, brushes and combs. The spirit of Christmas has arrived in El Gigante, Mexico, courtesy of Operation Christmas Child and an Oxyfresh vision penned by Carolyn.
In January, Carolyn, an Oxyfresh Executive Marketing Director from Orillia, Ontario, traveled to Mexico with 23 other Canadian volunteers as part of a nonprofit distribution and medical team. For Carolyn, the whirlwind trip capped two years of planning and fulfilled a dream stirred by Oxyfresh.
“What an incredible feeling it was to live my vision,” Carolyn says. “Two years ago as part of my Oxyfresh vision, I wrote: ‘I have been accepted as part of the Operation Christmas Child program. This is a highlight of my life. Being able to contribute to these children has given me such a sense of joy. Attaining this goal allows me to share my gifts of contribution and love in the world.’”
Carolyn saved thousands of dollars for her mission to Mexico, tucking away portions of the residual income she earns each month as an Oxyfresh professional. “I feel very fortunate to live in North America — and even more blessed to have an opportunity to be financially free because of Oxyfresh,” she says.
In El Gigante, more than 1,000 children from nine surrounding villages gathered to accept the shoe box gifts. “They waited patiently and eagerly in long lines according to age, their faces curious and shy,” says Carolyn a public health nurse, wife and mother of three. “As our team members placed a box in the hands of each precious child, I was filled with an incredible sense of accomplishment,” she adds. “We were able to break the barriers of race and religion with a simple gift of unconditional love. We sang O Canada, and they sang the Mexican national anthem back to us.”
During her week in Mexico, Carolyn and the Operation Christmas Child support team participated in seven distributions, sharing gift-filled shoe boxes with 7,500 children. “The children’s eyes got bigger and brighter while they watched the red and green boxes being unpacked,” Carolyn says. “We were welcomed and fed, hosted by the people and introduced to their country and way of life. It was a wonderful experience.”
The children’s jubilance was priceless. “There were smiles and joy, love, hope, and the message that someone, somewhere cared for them,” Carolyn says. “I watched as the looks of disbelief — then incredible happiness — rippled over their faces.
“Vision is what Richard Brooke has for Oxyfresh, and vision is a gift he has imparted to each of us,” Carolyn says.
As she traveled home to Canada after her week of giving, Carolyn reflected on what made the goodwill trip possible. “Foremost in my mind was a deep gratitude that I was a part of Oxyfresh, a company which encourages us to rise above mediocrity, to discover our personal gifts and use them to make this world a better place,” she says. “So I will live with new passion and it’s time to write another vision. Whatever it may be and wherever it may take me.”