For the 13th straight year, Toys for Tots Vallarta distributed in excess of 8,000 toys to outlying towns and villages, from Nayarit to Cabo Corrientes and to inland mountains and valleys. More than 200 volunteers from the Navy League, Marriott, Mexican Army, U.S. Consular Agency and other groups spent the day spreading smiles as they happily went along dirt roads and jungle trails looking for the neediest kids they could find. Three Kings Day (January 6) is the traditional gift giving day in Mexico, and 8,000 lucky kids were fortunate to receive what very well may be the only toy they’ll see this year.
For many, if not all volunteers, it was a highlight experience of the year. Those volunteers lucky enough to portray one of the Three Kings were mobbed by adoring young fans. Each toy was delivered to the kids, one by one. Teachers frequently led the children in singing traditional Christmas songs, while the kids waited in great anticipation to receive and open their gifts.
Next up for the organizers of Toys for Tots is the construction of one or more playgrounds over the next few months, most likely in some of the communities visited on Three Kings Day. Over the past 13 years, Toys for Tots has distributed well over 100,000 toys and constructed six playgrounds. That’s a lot of joy for the neediest kids of the Puerto Vallarta region.
Toys for Tots Vallarta is organized each year by the Navy League and the Marriott Casa Magna Resort and Spa. Financial support is provided by the Marriott, Vista Vallarta Golf Club, OXXO, Coldwell Banker Real Estate and dozens of local small businesses. Also to be thanked are the hundreds of local citizens who participate annually in a charity golf outing and a gala dinner dance, both benefiting Toys for Tots.
If you’d like more information regarding the Navy League or Toys for Tots, contact Bill Clark, President of the Navy League at 222 3616. All are more than welcome to get involved in these two great service organizations.
Source: Jerry Lafferty