Friday, October 25, 2013


Several people have asked me how I managed to quit drinking and I always tell them that I had to find something or someone that I loved more than drinking.  These are my someone's.  Four years ago, I was asked to take charge of the Chelem Toy Drive and I knew  I couldn't do it and still drink.  I wish I could say I quit right away, I didn't but eventually my love for these kids, my love for my own kids and my renewed love for myself gave me the impetus to quit and stay quit.  I love them!  This is what I'll be busy doing until December 25.  I'll be busy begging for money, begging for raffle prizes, begging for toys.  And I love every minute of it.  If you want to keep up with the Chelem Christmas Dreams Toy Drive check out our Chelem Christmas Toy Drive Facebook Page and our Chelem Christmas Dreams Blog.

P.S. If you'd like to spend a couple days laying on the beach check out the raffle page on our blog.  Sorry, but I'm shameless when it comes to these kids.


  1. Pick me! Pick me! Lovely photos.. so great to see the happy smiling faces.. you do good in your community lady. Proud to know you (fabulous sober warrior) xxxx

    1. I would if I could, dear friend, and then I'd drive over to meet you and bring you over to spend time on my side of the Yucatan. Unfortunately, I don't even let myself buy any raffle tickets because it might look a little suspicious if I showed up to claim the prize when I'm the one that bugs all of these hotels to donate. BTW, Dawn has a retreat going on in Akumal, MX in April, we should all get together there!

  2. You're good people, Kary. Great job doing what you do.

  3. Thanks Phil, the thing is, I love doing this, it's not work at all. I just about burst an ulcer every year when that lines seem like it doesn't get any shorter as the pile of toys gets smaller, but we've never run out. I guess it's kind of like the fish and loaves. lol