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As we head into this holiday season, we want to introduce you to a New Mexico man who is a living example of the spirit of giving. Twice a week, he makes a thousand-plus-mile journey into Mexico, where he is literally saving the lives of dozens of children rescued from the streets.  (Español)

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Nine-year-old Elsa kisses her box, grateful for the gift. But inside, she won’t find the latest toy or video game. She’ll find food. Elsa is one of 32 children now living in this orphanage in Juarez, Mexico.

Brother Steve McKinney: “They’ve been physically assaulted and attacked and when they come in they’re confused, they’re disoriented, they’re unhappy, and they’re just deeply morose inside.”

Their Santa: 49-year-old Dave Bibeau, who almost single-handedly supports the children.

David Bibeau: “It would be sinful for me not to do this.”

For two years, Bibeau has visited the children twice a week with boxes of food, toys, clothing, school supplies and hope.

David Bibeau: “I really sincerely feel that these kids can feel the love.”

Bibeau is a working man, not heir to any great fortune. He doesn’t tell you about the 60,000 miles he’s put on his vehicle, or the time he’s spent soliciting donations, though the bulk of the money still comes from his own pocket. But the children know.

Raul Acosta / Volunteer: “They know if they wouldn’t have that orphanage, they wouldn’t be sleeping in a warm place that night or having a meal.”

Instead, this radio shop owner credits The United Methodist Church, which helped him when he was a single father with three young children, for his commitment to live the proverb “It is better to give than to receive.”

David Bibeau: “The appreciation from the kids goes beyond language. It is an incredible gratefulness they have. The children are just grateful to have someone who shows that someone cares for them.”

Someone who cares enough to take care of the big things in their lives, so that Elsa and the others can concentrate on being kids.


The cost to operate the orphanage is currently $3,000 a month. Within the year, the director says they will double the number of children living at the orphanage, doubling the expenses. When Bibeau asked the kids what they would want for Christmas, they replied as any child would: "Toys."