The most magical Café de la Leche of the year was celebrated last Tuesday the 11th of December. As always, the holiday edition of Café de la Leche was hosted by Xiomara de Menéndez, founder of Hogar del Niño, in her Casa de Campo home in Bahía Minitas. With festive holiday decorations abound and merriment far and wide, it is no wonder why community members express this event as one of their favorite of the year.
These monthly gatherings for the Hogar del Niño have been a way for the community to connect, pause busy lifestyles and put a pin in distractions. They’ve been a way for everyone to remember what’s important in life— the people, and how contributions both big and small make a difference in the lives of others. Our Casa de Campo community is like a family, we support each other through the good times and bad, and by helping the children of La Romana our extended family has grown.
Every month, over two-hundred babies in the Crib Room of the Hogar del Niño benefit from the milk and formula received from Café de la Leche events, and numerous donations throughout the year for the Patronato Benéfico Oriental contribute to children’s education, food, medical care, and extracurricular activities. With eggnog a plenty, as well as cider and sangria, and a magnificent buffet of Christmas treats, the magical Christmas Café de la Leche did not disappoint, and nor did the generosity of the attendees who on this occasion donated candies that will be given out at the Hogar del Niño’s Christmas party.
We were happy to have seen the efforts of the Patronato Benéficio Oriental flourish over this past year, and look forward to another excellent year in 2019! Merry Christmas and thank you to all who attended this Café de la Leche and helped spread the joy and Christmas cheer to the Hogar del Niño’s little ones!
The following gallery of photos were taken by Dariana Soriano on Friday, December 11th at the Christmas Café de la Leche 2018:
The Hogar del Niño is a children’s daycare and educational center for over 1500 children, located in La Romana town, just outside of Casa de Campo. Children from as young as just a few weeks old up to 18 years old are cared for and educated daily, from as early as 5:30am and staying as late as 7pm.
The organization also provides special schooling to over 75 hearing impaired and blind children, as well as a vocational school where over 235 students receive classes in different areas like: sewing; industrial preparation, installation and electrical maintenance; plumbing and management of computer office programs.