Three Kings Day Toy Drive Begins

Campo children with their beautifully wrapped gifts from the Three Kings

By Robin Loving

For the sixth consecutive year, colorful toy baskets and bins were placed in many restaurants and businesses around town on December 8 to accept donations of toys for rural children who otherwise might not receive a gift on Three Kings Day.

Three Kings Day Toy Drive
Through Sun, Dec 30, during business hours
Various restaurants and businesses in San Miguel
044 415 115 8239

If you are new to San Miguel, Three Kings Day is otherwise known as Epiphany, a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. It typically is celebrated here with gifts to children. It is celebrated on January 6 each year.

Organizers John and Sharon Doherty and friends are once again planning to take gifts to the children at six to eight rural schools in underserved communities around San Miguel. That means they will need about 1,100 toys for the children, who await the arrival of the Three Kings with great joy. Friends of the Dohertys actually dress as the kings to hand out the gifts, and it is a wonderful cultural experience for all concerned—children and adults, Mexicans and expatriates.

 

There will be a wrapping party at the Escuela de Educación Especial at Umaran 107 on December 30 between 1 and 4pm. All of the required paper, tape, pens, scissors, labels, and bags will be provided, so volunteers need only  bring their holiday spirit (as well as an unwrapped toy, if possible, for there is always an amazing number of “new” students who show up expecting a gift, and disappointment is palpable if there aren’t enough gifts).

The hope is to have more than 40 people volunteering to help wrap on December 30, and the organizers are looking forward to seeing them all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on that day.

The Three Kings will saddle up and ride (in modern vehicles) to distribute their gifts to deserving children around January 3 through 5. See this video and you will understand how important these trips are to the children of the campo: http://youtube/Q0BCoCrlEpA.

For more information, contact John Doherty at 044 415 115 8239 or jd98lv@hotmail.com, or Sharon Doherty at sharondoherty008@gmail.com. Happy holidays!

 

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