A toy for each child

By John and Sharon Doherty

Led by the Three Kings and supported by an army of volunteers, supporters, business owners/ operators, and a community of folks with big hearts, the children of six rural communities surrounding San Miguel received a special holiday gift this year.

On January 4th and 5th, a convoy of vehicles, fully loaded with toys for over 1,000 children, headed to the villages of Palmillas, Cuadrilla, Pozo de Balderos, La Campana, El Tigre and Las Cañas. The convoy drove many miles along dusty and rocky roads to be greeted by whole communities of families, and in particular, by swarms of excited and enthusiastic children.

Most of the villages were selected this year under the guidance of Olivia Muniz of Feed the Hungry because they are among those that receive less support from the foreign community and because they are some of the most underprivileged. Muchas gracias, Olivia for making this journey of joy possible.

There are so many other deserving people whom we wish to acknowledge and thank for helping to make this endeavour come together; those who volunteered their time and worked tirelessly throughout the process. There are far too many to list here, but please know that we hold you all close to our hearts. Recognition goes to the five gentlemen who stood in as the Three Kings over the two day gift distribution; Luis Valle and his as son Luis, Enrique Orvanaños, Edgar Cancino and fellow San Miguel Bombero, Oscar. Thank you Patti and Denis Beaudry for your super effort and positive support; and thank you to the many volunteers who helped with the toy distribution over both days.

To all the good people who donated gift paper and helped wrap the toys at the Hotel Real de Minas on January 2nd, and to the San Miguel business owners who supported the kids by allowing a toy bin be placed in their fine establishments, some of whom actually promoted the event and solicited their clients for toys, we applaud and thank you.

Most of all we wish to express our appreciation to the many kind and generous residents of our wonderful San Miguel community who donated over 1,000 toys for over 1,000 children. Bravo! Job well done! Please know that through your goodness many children woke up on January 6th, Dia de Tres Reyes, a little happier because they received their very own shiny new toy. But more importantly, they also received the knowledge that there are others who care.

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