Each year when Santa comes into town and is greeted by many excited children, the Presbyterian Church welcomes La Playa Center with a similar excitement and lets us use their kitchen to make our tamales.
We are thankful for their hospitality and for the community’s response to our fundraiser. It takes three days of shopping, cooking, and assembling the tamales to come up with 1,000 of them to sell to all the patient souls who venture into Tankersley Hall. The line is usually long at 5 p.m. but we hope it moves faster each year. Honestly we try.
We not only enjoy the compliments on the food but we also love to look out over the crowded tables. As one of our teachers put it, “Two observations: What a blessing it was to greet at the door and talk to people who were coming back year after year! And likewise, to watch the enjoyment of strangers getting to know one another around the tables over tamales and hot chocolate was a little taste of heaven for me! Thank you to everyone who contributed their time and energy.”
So, not only thank you to all of those who came to help, but thank you to the community who took part in eating and enjoying.
Sally Rapuano, Laguna Beach
The writer is the director of La Playa Center, an ESL school for adults with childcare at the Boys and Girls Club