Like many other First-Generation students, I grew up depending on government assistance for food, shelter, and clothing. My mother was a young immigrant from Mexico when she arrived to the United States. She didn’t have much experience on life nor in being a parent. She raised my two sisters and I but sadly we faced many obstacles that shaped our life.
Throughout our journey, we met some amazing people. These people included teachers, nonprofit organizations, amongst other generous people who showed us the love that we desperately needed. I am one of the many children who went through childhood trauma and was able to become a successful healthy adult and I owe this to the noble people who loved me while I was living my worse experiences.
I wanted to create something to give as a symbol of care for any child who is experiencing emotional trauma. Sometimes all we need is a reminder that we are not alone and that someone out there loves us no matter what. I started to create personalized care packages for children who were living through tough situations and in May 2021, my dream became a reality.
Last year for Christmas, we were able to provide presents for our ninos in San Antonio. I reached out to one of the best teachers in the world and she shared about this one amazing student. This child asked the school admin office if he could borrow their Christmas tree so his brothers and mom could have some Christmas magic during break. We both knew at that moment that we would make sure that this family had a Christmas and that it was special.
As we learned details about the kiddos to better personalize their presents, I learned that they only had their mother and it felt so familiar. That responsibility and heaviness to ensure that our families would be okay. We got together and we provided groceries, presents, goodies, and a special present for mom. I remembered how hard my mom tried when we were growing up, I remember that during Christmas we had one box of chocolate covered cherries from the dollar store as our present, and each year I opened the box and ate them thankfully, but regardless I felt sadness because my mom had no box to open. I wanted to make sure that I found a present for this students mom that would only be for her, so she too would have something to open on Christmas. I found the coziest, fluffiest, robe and I knew that was the one! When we dropped off the presents it was just amazing and we knew we met our goal for this family.
Almost a year later on Veterans Day I went to the school and as I was leaving, he approached me nervous and he said something around the lines of “Miss, I don’t know if you remember me, but last Christmas you came to my house and gave my mom a robe as a Christmas present. You and my teacher brought my brothers presents and food and I wanted to say thank you because I remember you”
I share this story because it is important to see the powerful impact that your donations, love, and care for Maya’s Love Non-Profit Organization has. We are working together with multiple communities in need of your support. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting our mission, because this is why we do what we do. For these amazing children that deserve the world!
To all of the teachers and counselors changing the world one student at a time, YOU ALL ARE HEROS! Thank you Mrs. Robles for letting us be a part of you changing the world for the better!
Maira Alejandra Carrier
Founder/CEO Maya’s Love