Christmas parties, supported in part by expats, went well this year, according to organizer Brendan Ryan at Rich Coast Realty.
The parties were at the La Palma and Jicote elementary schools on the central Pacific coast. 133 underprivileged students got presents because the informal effort reached its $1,400 goal, said Ryan.
“The parties went very well this year and in years past skateboards were the most popular item,” he said. “But this was the year of the fold-up scooter and the boogie board. They were a hit!”
“We also bought piñatas this year and stuffed them with candy and toys. and the children took turns while blindfolded, with the teacher raising and lowering the piñata by a rope/pulley system, and the class and other students yelling directions to their blindfolded friend. It was a hilarious precursor to the gift giving.”
Ryan has been doing this for six years.