Christmas card program benefits farmworkers' children

11/05/2009 04:50:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

The economy hasn't slowed donations to the Redlands Christian Migrant Association's annual holiday Christmas card fundraiser.

The Immokalee, Fla.-based farmworker family support organization is taking orders for the Christmas cards it sells to benefit its child care and early education programs the charity runs in more than 70 rural south Florida centers and charter schools.

Barbara Mainster, the group's executive director, said "Print Angels" — businesses and individuals that support the Christmas card program — help defray printing costs through $500 donations.

"In spite of the economy, we have held our record of 20 print angels two years in a row," Mainster said in a news release. "We are extremely grateful to have the strong support of so many Florida agribusiness companies and associations."

Artists who are children of farmworkers in RCMA's Immokalee, Homestead, Fla., Nocatee, Fla., Wimauma, Fla., and Ruskin, Fla., design the cards, which range from traditional Christmas designs to ones that incorporate fruits and vegetables their parents harvest.

The artists' works are also available as holiday stationary, year-round note cards and online photo cards.

To ensure Dec. 15 delivery, RCMA recommends ordering by Dec. 1.

More information on the cards, which can be personalized with special greetings or family photos, can be found at www.rcma.org/holidaycards.

The card program is in its 11th year.



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