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Santa Claus at Casa Guatemala
Toy collection boxes have been placed at Rio Dulce marinas, restaurants and other locations for donation of toys and gifts for 250 children from Casa Guatemala orphanage.

Additionally, they would like supply food and Christmas presents for the local Mayan village. 

Other locations include Hotel Packpackers and the Granja de los Ninos store in Fronteras. Organisers of the toy drive hope to have at least one toy for each child to open on Christmas morning. Toys and gifts should be unwrapped and not battery operated. 

This week at Casa Guatemala volunteers had the children write their Christmas wish lists for Santa which includes school back-packs, watches, headphones, DVD’s, clothing and sports shoes, perfume, ear rings, hair accessories, colouring books, flashlights, skate boards, soccer balls and many more. 

And don't forget the teenagers. There are quite a few boy and girl teenagers who might not get too excited about a coloring book or plastic car. They range in age from 12 to 15 and are quite often left out when the "cool" gifts are distributed. 

Sandals and hats are always a good choice

Valeria of Xalaja suggests that some inexpensive sandals (there are some plastic sandals for girls that have strings on them which are the latest fashion .. cost q20).

And for teenage boys .. inexpensive baseball caps are always a hit. Cost q20 if you shop around a bit.

And fingernail polish is always great for little girls who want to be big girls. The best is at the Dispensa but there's all sorts of less expensive brands in the market.

Volunteers are also organising a boat parade on Christmas Eve which will escort Santa from Hotel Backpackers 30 minutes downstream to Casa

Santa and reindeers in lancha
All marinas have now been invited to join us with a themed sail boat or lancha dressed in lights and Christmas decorations. The parade will leave Hotel Backpackers at 5:30 p.m. and once the boats arrive at Casa Guatemala all are invited to join the children as they open their presents. 

As in previous years volunteers will put on a meal for 150 children, workers and volunteers, but additionally they would like supply food and Christmas presents for the local Mayan village.  

Items needed are turkeys, nuts, apples, grapes and candies, wrapping paper and children’s presents. If you would like to help please contact Donna Freak 4876-3016 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   

Merry Christmas from Casa Guatemala
Casa Guatemala Orphanage is responsible for the protection and guardianship of 250 children, placed in our care by the Guatemalan Ministry of Child Welfare due to abuse, abandonment or extreme poverty or left as orphans. 

As a non-profit organization Casa Guatemala receives no government funding and is totally dependent on the donations and support of people from across the world including the support of 150 volunteers per year.

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