Our family has always loved decorating gingerbread houses together as a Christmas tradition. In 2010, we were searching for a fun birthday party idea for our daughter who has a December birthday... a gingerbread house decorating party sounded like a fun idea!! Instead of gathering house kits all over town or baking lots of gingerbread, we thought it be fun to build a permanent gingerbread house that could be used over and over again for all occasions. We could decorate the house at the party and send it home as the best party favor ever! The party was a success and the families were excited to have a reusable gingerbread house! Friends began requesting houses to give for gifts that season. We began to take orders for these little houses and worked on weekends as a little fun hobby. We had no idea that in a few weeks we would have a major subdivision of little wooden houses being built right in our garage. Pretty soon the number of orders grew and began overtaking parking in our garage and then developing right in onto our dining room table! Sawdust, nails, shipping supplies and confusion everywhere, but the excitement helped us overlook the scrap! We loved our little side job but it was starting to get too large for us.
Needless to say, subs were needed to begin building the houses. How could we make this not just about us and our family but have a bigger vision... a bigger floor plan, if you will? The search for help landed us in Reynosa, Mexico. Isaiah 55 Ministries has been leading the way in educating the deaf in Mexico. There was a NEED to provide learning opportunities for young adults to have a trade and/or skills upon graduation to enable them to earn a living and feel purpose. Forever Gingerbread is so excited to have the opportunity to partner with the newly formed vocational program in Mexico. We totally believe in the program and the school. The students and community have completely captured our hearts! We hope to be advocates for them and tell their story because its amazing! These little dream houses started being built and shipped from Reynosa to Alabama and then from Alabama all over the US.
We believe the framework of the vocational program gives dignity to a community that will forever change families in Reynosa, Mexico. Every Forever Gingerbread house is handmade with care by team members of the vocational program and the sales will directly benefit the program and the deaf community in Mexico. When you become a decorator of one of these special houses you are doing much more than celebrating the season!