Rich Coast Realty in Parrita is seeking donations for its annual holiday gift distribution for local children.
“Last year in the week leading up to Christmas we had the idea of reaching out to our friends and clients and asking for donations to buy Christmas gifts for poor children here in Parrita,” said Brendan Ryan, the broker. “We had an overwhelming response and in about seven days before Christmas we raised over $1,700 and bought Christmas presents for about 150 children! And they were thrilled! They were simple gifts, a toy truck and an action figure, or a baby doll was a typical gift, but for a child that wasn’t going to receive much or anything at all, they were greatly appreciated. It was an amazing experience that started with an idea and an email and it took on a life of itself.”
This year the firm will organize its program through three local elementary schools, and will be sponsoring the holiday parties. There are about 150 students between the three schools, and if the company has extra, they will also adopt other schools in the area or give the gifts away through the local church, Ryan said.
Parrita is on the central Pacific coast south of Jacó and north of Quepos.
He said that his firm managed to obtain a discount at a local store and that the firm will be seeking the same this year.
More information is available from Ryan at his email address: Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com