In our last post we listed Kids’ Wish list for Santa as written by some very special young people. You may remember these little ones are living at a local children’s shelter, Casa Hogar, and are cared for by Manos de Amor (Hands of Love).
Click here to see a bunch of happy kids!
Three Kings Day was celebrated at Marina La Cruz with games, music, food, and presents from Santa.
The day started by blindfolding one of the kids, giving him/or her a stick, and encouraging him (or her) to hit a piñata.
Three piñatas were filled with candy and waiting. Hitting a piñata with a stick while blindfolded is a game all the kids love to play and helped the kids use up some of their energy.
Everyone had a chance to crack open the piñata.
|Let The Games Begin!
Resting After Bashing a Piñata
The child with the blindfold tries to bash the piñata with a stick until it pops opens and candy spills out.
||Candy Spilling Out of Piñata|
When the piñata breaks open, there is a mad scramble for the candy. There is plenty for everyone.
Musical Chairs was next on the play list. Last year playing musical chairs was a new game to some. Now, it’s
Latcho and Andrea, performed playful gypsy and flamenco guitar music on this special day
|Latcho and Andrea
After playing these games, the kids were hungry! A delicious pot-luck feast was served.
|Pot Luck Dinner
||Everyone Had Plenty to Eat
Finally! What all the kids were waiting for: opening their presents!
|More Good Surprises
||Lots of Smiles
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Conchita, Valiene and Veronica for following their dream to create Manos de Amor a non-profit organization to help the less fortunate, especially the children of Bahia de Banderas.
Allison and Merle, Anclar Marine, for doing a hero’s job of organizing and inspiring all of us to help making this day for these children a whole lot brighter.
Katrina and Blanca, of Marina Riviera Nayarit worked hard behind the scenes to help organize the event. The marina’s amphitheater was the perfect place to bash the piñatas and open Santa’s gifts!
Allison Merle, Shandro, and Matero on s/v KENTA ANAE, along with and many others for being Santa’s helpers.
Tami on s/v ANDIAMO III for establishing The La Cruz Kids Club in early 2011.
Everyone that selected an Angel and took the time to buy a gift help make this Three Kings Day a happy memory for some very special children.
|Christmas Palm Tree with Lights||Boy Angel with Wish List Attached|
|Christmas Palm Trees||Angel with Wish List Attached|
If you are in La Cruz around Christmas time, it’s easy for you to get involved. Here are some ideas: Choose an angel on the tree and donate a gift; join in the activities; ask Allison or folks in the marina office what needs to be done; spread the word by email or blog posts.
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Pictures courteous of Barry on s/v APHRODITE, Pam & Eric on s/v PIED-a-MER III and Keith and Olina on s/v ANON.