Christmas For Needy Children In Latin America

Posted On December 15, 2006

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A Jacksonville family is doing what they can to bring Christmas to poor children in Latin America. It’s called the Las Americas Project and for many of the children who receive the gifts, it’s the only thing they’ll get all year.

This is a busy time for Sandra Moreno. She’s collecting Christmas gifts, not for her children, but for hundreds of very poor children in Latin America. She says, “It’s an opportunity to help and bless others. To change lives.”

Sandra and her family are from Colombia. When they came to Jacksonville years ago, her son who was five at the time, wanted to do something special for the children back home; and so they did. Sandra says, “That was his dream. He wanted to do this. He wants to help other children.”

For six years, they’ve been sending gifts to Latin America. The first year they sent 300 gifts. Last year, it was 3,000. Their goal this year was 5,000 Christmas gifts. Sandra says, “Sometimes this is all they’re receiving for the whole year, that’s why we ask for things they’ll need like boots, colors, pencils, toys, clothes; whatever you can put in a little box.”

The donated gifts are all placed in a shoe-box and then wrapped with Christmas paper. The Las Americas Project will be collecting donated gifts through December 20th. They can be dropped off at the Latino Hits Radio station on the corner of Baymeadows and Phillips.

Volunteers will help distribute the gifts to needy children in places like Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. It’s a Christmas gift a world away, making a world of difference in many young lives.

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