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Quintana Roo, Mexico
Three Kings Deliver Toys to Needy Maya Children
January 6th, Dia de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day), or Epiphany, celebrates the arrival in Bethlehem of the Wise Men carrying gifts for the baby Jesus. This holiday is as important to the Mexican children as Christmas morning is to children in North America, because children all over Mexico wake up January 6th to find toys and gifts. Because of the poverty in some of the more rural villages, however, there are children who have never experienced receiving toys.
Gina Austin has started a new program that collects new toys through out the year and distributes them to needy children in the Akumal area, not on Christmas morning, but on January 6th.
Through the generosity of some of Akumal's local business owners, smiles shone on the faces of many very underprivileged children in the small rural villages along the Tulum-Coba highway. Akumal residents, Ingrid Datica, Gina Austin, and Jorge Palma distributed a car full of new toys on January 6th. This great experience gave Gina the idea to ask all guests arriving to the area to bring one used, in good-condition, small toy with them (Barbie doll, small baby doll, small car etc), to keep this collection going all year long, so that next January 6th, joy can be spread even further, to as many villages as possible.
The Akumalian is responding to Gina's request and asking visitors to please bring a new toy when you come to Akumal. Toys can be dropped off at the CEA Center next to the Akumal Dive Shop and TSA Travel Services.
Photos Courtesy of Gina Austin and Malu Guijosa.
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