Anaheim's 'Abuelita Noel' to be recognized today

November 25, 2011

From the Orange Country Register, OC Latino Link

Anaheim, CA (November 25, 2011) — Guadalupe Cabrera, a 62-year-old grandmother from Anaheim, has been as selected as Anaheim Town Square's "Abuelita Noel" and will be recognized during a parade at noon on Friday, Nov. 25.

Cabrera will arrive with Santa in a horse drawn trolley and will be the guest of honor during a ceremony, in which she will receive more than $1,000 in gifts from the shopping center's merchants.

The center invited youth and adults to submit essays on "Why My Grandmother should be Abuelita Noel." The judges had a difficult time selecting one winner, organizers said.

But Cabrera, a Mexican native and former babysitter, won the title.

Her daughter Bertha Hernandez helped her children — Ruby, 6; Kimberly, 5; Armando, 8; and nephew, Christopher, 15 — to write their grandmother's nomination essay in Spanish.

Here's an excerpt, translated into English:

"My abuelita is the best because she is always there for us when we are sick and when we are well. She makes sure we have food to eat, what we need for school, that we are well groomed and that we behave well. She always buys us what we need, rather than buying for herself..."

Cabrera's family will be there to escort her today during the Santa Arrival Parade and ceremony.

Two Make-A-Wish children, Noah Iglesias and Mohammed Jasmin, will also ride with Santa in the parade, and receive gifts from the shopping center.

For more information on the center's holiday events — which run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, visit or call 714-956-3411.