Cozumel Collecting 3 King Day Gifts for Children

For the past six years, island resident, Susan Bonnet and her “Los Ninos que Limpian Cozumel”  neighborhood group have been collecting toys, toothbrushes, and other items to ensure that less fortunate children on the island so they will have a very happy 3 Kings Day.  Over the years, her backyard project has grown and really become a community event.  Through it all, Susan, who has also served on the board of the Cozumel Red Cross, has quietly assisted the Cozumel community without any fanfare.  Sadly for some time, Susan is facing health issues that will prevent her from participating in this year’s 3 Kings Celebration.  Other island residents have not only stepped in to continue the tradition, but expanded the program as well. 

 Thank you everyone for your generosity these past years, again for your continued support this year.  When Susan first started the program, it was specifically for underprivileged children in the Las Fincas area. Over the years, we’ve grown to not only include the Las Finca’s parents, the children of Cozumel’s Bomberos, or firefighters, but the elderly residents of the Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II as well.

Susan’s goal has always been a gift for every child.  She tries to make sure the gift includes a necessity such as a toothbrush, something fun like a soccer ball, a toy or beanie baby and, when possible, useful items such as pencils, crayons, hair ribbons, socks or underwear.  The parents are not forgotten and last year 180 bags of rice and tomato sauce went to the children’s moms, plus a 10 peso coin until we ran out.  We added in 400 oranges along with refreshments and Candy Cane Corki gave out candy canes until they were gone.   As usual, there were more children than gifts, but every year it gets better.

Using this link, you can access the “wish list” for what we’re collecting for the children, plus a little more information about the program.  We also recently received a “wish list” from Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II (Cozumel’s nursing home).  Their requests for gifts are simple – they’re just thrilled that someone thought of them during the holiday season.  If you’re traveling to Cozumel in the next few weeks or shopping in Cozumel and see something you think they’d like, please help us make these wonderful people’s day.

You’ll also see some items they need for the home itself.  The roof has been donated and we’re working on donations for the sink faucets, twin beds and the wardrobes to store their clothing.  If you’d like to participate in fulfilling these wishes from the nuns, you can contact Kathy McGinn (woofem@me.com) or Gena Meyer (carbdivergena@gmail.com)

Please keep our brave friend Susan in your prayers, she continues to respond well to treatment  and we would like nothing better than to see her return to the work she loves.

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This story originally appeared in the weekly Cozumel 4 You NEWS – the island’s number one source of positive information about our island!  Be sure and subscribe to the weekly NEWS to find out all the island events!

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 18 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weeklyCozumel 4 You news,social media, and promotional articles about the island, as well as moderates the Cozumel 4 You Facebook group, which currently has over 25,000 members. Her long suffering husband, Fabian, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
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Una ex yanqui de Connecticut quien llama hogar a Cozumel desde hace más de 15 años. Laura escapó al Caribe hace años, desplazándose de una isla a otra dando clases de BUCEO. Se dedicó a perder el tiempo en Jamaica y finalmente se detuvo en Cozumel para pasar unas vacaciones de 2 semanas que aún no terminan. Convenciendo a sus padres que pagaran una elegante universidad privada, obtuvo su título en Periodismo y Laura crea semanalmente Cozumel 4You, medios sociales y artículos promocionales sobre la Isla y también es moderadora en el grupo Cozumel 4 You en Facebook que actualmente cuenta con 25,000 miembros. Fabián, s umuy tolerante marido, desde hace mucho tiempo se resignó a no tener vida privada, pues se ha visto implicado en los diversos proyectos y planes que urde Laura. Son orgullosos padres de diversos perros y gatos rescatados. Mientras contempla su paso a través de la vida en el Caribe mexicano,Laura continúa siendo la pesadilla en la existencia de su muy tradicional suegra mexicana.

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