Mission accomplished! The Mencia Foundation is happy to announce that this project was a success. The children were more than excited with their toys! We had targeted schools in extremely low income areas. Parents are not able to afford much for their kids. Most work in agriculture-related jobs, which are seasonal. They need to wait until the next season in order to receive an income. Please look at the pictures provided to see the kind of homes these families live in. Some of these children had never owned a toy in their lives. Finally they had a chance to own a toy of their own, to share with their friends.
We would like to close this project by saying a big THANK YOU to all our donors. The children have never seen your faces, but we are sure they think of you. Please be proud of what you do.
Again, Thank you!
We would like to take this opportunity, again, to show our appreciation to our generous donors. Thanks to your generosity, children benefited by this project will receive not just a toy, but happiness that they will remember forever.
We would also like to give you an update on the progress of this event. Due to availability of funds, we were not able to send the toys until yesterday. Boxes containing 300+ toys left Boston, MA on December 18th, 2013. The toys will not be there for Christmas but they will arrive just in time for 'The Three Wise Men Day". This holiday is celebrated in the Dominican Republic and other contries on January 6th and it's part of the Christmas holidays.
The Three Wise men, or magi, or kings, visited Jesus after his birth and bringing gold and other gifts to him. They are an important part of Christian traditions. They are belived to be the first religous figures to worship Jesus. The Dominican Republic, which has deep Christian roots, celebrates 'El Dia de Reyes', which translates to 'The Day of the Kings'. This will be a great opportunity to hold the event.
Again, we thank you all for your support and understanding.
The above picture is a representation of what you’ve helped us achieve these last few months. With your help, we’ve been able to purchase over 300 toys for children in the Dominican Republic. These toys are being packed and shipped we speak and should be arriving just in time for the holidays. We have coordinated with volunteers in the Dominican Republic to kindly distribute the gifts. We’ll be sending pictures of the children in the near future.
We couldn’t have done this without you and we're very appreciative of your support.
With Sincere Gratitude,
The Mencia Foundation Team