Pepito’s tribute to Tony Garcia: Metropolitan Ministries XMAS

Want to feel Happiness, Joy, and place a genuine smile on another’s face.  Thank all the volunteers who help make Christmas Morning extra special.  I, Pepito MasterPiece Portraits, volunteered twelve plus years to take portraits at no cost to the homeless men, women, children, and families who find themselves without at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa Bay. 
Many years ago my friend Tony Garcia, pictured with me in the photo above thought that while the children were waiting in line to have their portraits taken what a great idea it would be to give them a Teddy Bear to hold, cradle, and love “Something to take their minds off their current reality and just have fun”.  The Children smile, now and the wait in line feel shorter.  Tony, who passed-over a few years ago, was right.  The Teddy Bears bring Joy to their Spirit and compassion to the hearts of all the volunteers who witness miracle after miracle happen in the moment at Metropolitan Ministries on Xmas Day!

This year the adventure began the moment they walked through the door we had Santa Claus to meet and greet all. Teddy-Bears passed out to all the children. Pepito’s, Make-up Artist, Charles Louis, volunteer’s his expertise to make all feel better about their appearance on the outside and many volunteers show up to help with hair, make-up, help tie a neck-tie, women and children with clothing, read a book, or merely being of service to others in any way they can.  I invite you to share a moment with us next year.  Give me a phone call; let’s talk 813-281-2829.

I want to thank past clients who continue the tradition and bring Teddy-Bears to my studio; I gave each of you freely $100 dollars off your next purchase at Pepito Masterpiece Studio.  The Teddy-Bears were given to homeless children currently living with their families at Metropolitan Ministries. 

Tony Garcia we “Love You” your gift as a friend remains forever, plus a day, in my heart.  Thank you Tony!!!  Your gift of giving keeps giving, and the tradition lives on with special thanks from the top of my Heart to the Course in Miracles groups (Jo & Harry Williams at North Tampa Unity; The Course in Miracles Center, Mary Barbara; and my Group Thursday night group at Harmony ) and their members for donations of Teddy-Bears for Metropolitan Ministries.   

My sincere gratitude to the new faces, coming by the studio or phoning from distant States or Countries for gift Certificates of Pepito MasterPiece Portraits  to be included in their  holiday and vacation plans.  All received FREE 50% off, yes, FREE,  if they wanted to spend a thousand dollars, I said ‘no’ I freely give $500 as my gift  a you for choosing me to give to you photographic memory that will last a life time.  I am wishing all the Best Holidays and New Year, EVER.



A personal thank you to Stan Reedy, President of Reedy Photo Process.  Every year he donates 1 – 8×10, 2- 5×7 and 6 wallets at no cost WHAT SO EVER to me.

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