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Three Kings Day Toy Drive Begins

By Robin Loving and Sharon Doherty

For the seventh consecutive year, colorful toy bins will be placed in many restaurants and businesses around town to accept donations of toys for rural children who otherwise might not receive a gift on Three Kings Day. In San Miguel, Three Kings Day or Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos is the Christian feast day celebrated on January 6 each year. Belief holds that three kings traveled long distances to visit the infant Jesus shortly after his birth, bearing gifts to honor him. It is typically now celebrated in Mexico with the giving of gifts to children rather than on Christmas Day.

Toy Collection Project
Three Kings Day Toy Drive Begins
Dec 8–0, during business hours
Various restaurants and businesses in San Miguel
Donations of Toys

Organizers John and Sharon Doherty and friends are once again planning to take gifts to the children attending rural schools in underserved communities around San Miguel. There is a huge demand when the Three Kings arrive in each of these communities; therefore, your generosity to ensure all the children 4–12 years old, who will meet them, receive one gift and be filled with joy, is much appreciated. Volunteers dress as the kings to hand out the gifts, which makes for 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 on Umarán 107 on December 30 between 1 and 4pm. All the required supplies will be provided, but if you happen to have a little extra paper stashed away it will be helpful to bring it along. Most important is that volunteers 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 to go around. The group where the gifts normally fall short is girls aged 9–12. While out shopping if you happen to see fashion dolls, small shoulder purses, hair ornaments, fuzzy cushions, or art supplies, these gifts are always in short supply on wrapping day. Most aim to spend an average of approximately 150 pesos for each gift, which helps keep things equitable for all.

As this will likely be the last year that John and Sharon organize the event, the hope is to draw in volunteers who would be willing to help lead the event next year. It would be wonderful to shoot for an eighth consecutive year! With your help, it will be possible.

This video will help you understand how important these trips are to the children of the campo (youtube/Q0BCoCrlEpA).

For more information, contact John Doherty at 044 415 566 9066 or Happy holidays!


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