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A toy for each child

By John Doherty

After New Year’s Day, Mexican families still have a very special date to commemorate and enjoy. On the 6th of January Mexico celebrates El Día de Reyes, the Epiphany, remembering the day when the Wise Men, following the star to Bethlehem, arrived bearing their treasured gifts for Baby Jesus.

On the night of January 5, the figurines of the Three Kings or Los Reyes Magos are added to the nativity scene. Before going to bed the children place their old shoes where the Kings will leave their presents. The excitement builds amongst them! With twinkling eyes, the children constantly ask what time is it; wishing for the time when they can open their presents. When they wake up, which is earlier than any other day, they run to see the gifts that Los Reyes Magos left for them. Happiness overflows the Mexican home. The children spend the day playing and sharing presents with siblings and friends; talking about how they were able to hear or see Los Reyes Magos when they arrived at their home, heard the camel’s footsteps, or saw a shining crown in the dark night!

This is not, unfortunately, the scenario for many families in the rural communities surrounding San Miguel. Many parents do not have the resources to provide any gifts to their children on this special day. It is our hope that you will join us in the effort to bring joy to over 1,200 less fortunate children in seven communities. We have once again arranged, through Feed the Hungry, to visit rural schools in the communities of Pozo de Balderas, Palmillas, La Cañas, Cuadrilla, Flores de Begoña, La Campana, and El Tigre. With the Reyes Magos in attendance, hopefully a toy will be lovingly provided to each elementary school-aged child.

We ask that you donate a new, unwrapped toy valued between 50-150 pesos suitable for a boy or girl between the ages of 3 to 12 years. Look for the special bins around town to place the toys, including Solutions (both locations), La Conexión (Aldama location), La Biblioteca, El Caracol Condominiums, OKO Restaurant, Buen Dia Café, Hank’s New Orleans Cafe & Oyster Bar, Café Muro, Café Rama, Burrimania and Keith’s Longhorn Smokehouse. For more information or for toy pick-up call John or Sharon Doherty 415-152-8403 or cell: 044-415-115-8239 or email

Only with your help can we ensure that many more children, those often overlooked, will share in the joy of Día de Reyes.


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