Ramón Gonzáles passed away last week. You may have read a little bit about him given the number of tributes that have gone out. Ramon was a sheet metal worker who started an event called Miracle on 31st Street. It was a simple toy give away run by Ramón and his family when it started decades ago, but it grew so big that it was hosted at AVA Amphitheater, with gifts for 10,000 kids from Tucson and South Tucson who wouldn’t otherwise get presents.
This year, Ramon wasn’t there to witness Miracle on 31st Street and all the joy he helped create. His life was cut short due to Covid-19. I am saddened by the loss of someone who cared so deeply about his community.
I want to wish everyone a healthy, happy holiday season. It has been a trying year to say the least. Please do your very best to keep yourself and others safe.
Here is the guidance from Pima County Health Department:
Public and private gatherings of individuals from separate households remains strongly discouraged because it carries significant risk of spreading COVID-19. Indoor gatherings are particularly risky, and gatherings should be held outdoors wherever possible. Limit gatherings to ten or less people.
As many of you know, my family is of mixed faith. I am Jewish and my wife is Roman Catholic. We are lucky that we get to celebrate Christmas after observing Hanukkah last week. However you and your family celebrate, I wish you a blessed season. And most of all, stay sensible and safe so that we can celebrate again next year.