Guaynabo mayor, Santa Claus, Three Kings give gifts to disadvantaged
By The Star Staff
Guaynabo Mayor Edward O’Neill Rosa in conjunction with Santa Claus and the Three Kings delivered toys to children from several Guaynabeña communities over the weekend.
Early on, a group of Guaynabo municipal employees led by teachers and Head Start staff moved into various sectors to organize communities prior to the gift-giving.
“It fills us with joy to be able to give children from disadvantaged communities toys at Christmas time and to be able to bring them a moment of joy with music and the visit of Santa Claus and the Three Kings,” the mayor said. “We have enjoyed the excitement on their faces when their toy is handed to them.”
At the same time, he called on adults to give away educational toys instead of items that promote violence.
“Let’s take advantage of the time to give educational toys or those that stimulate our children instead of items that encourage violence such as guns and swords,” O’Neill Rosa said. “Parents have a great responsibility to educate so that there is no more violence in Puerto Rico.”
At each gift delivery site a caravan of joy would arrive with Christmas music to brighten up the event andSanta Claus and The Three Kings share time with children and adolescents.
The deliveries of toys began in the Amelia neighborhood, then the caravan moved to Juan Domingo, and then on to the Rafael Martínez Nadal y La Rosaleda neighborhoods. Later the caravan moved on to the Villa Venecia Condominium, from there they organized themselves at the Mario “Quixote” Morales coliseum in the Guaraguao neighborhood, where the day of distributing toys culminated.
The next delivery of toys will be on Three Kings Day, when the caravan will visit the rural communities in the southern part of Guaynabo.