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Christmas caravan of disabled volunteers spread joy in Mérida’s south

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A group of people with disabilities and other volunteers on mototaxis on Thursday handed out toys to excited children in Mérida.

The caravan kicked off at San Roque park in the San Jose de Tecoh neighborhood in Mérida’s south. 

The group said that in all they gave over 2,000 toys to children in some of the city’s poorest areas. 

“This is for the children. It has been such a hard year for everyone, but especially for them,” said Jula Centurión González, President of Abriendo Caminos.

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As they moved around the south of the city, the group also put on short skits and shows for the children, sometimes right at their doors.

Dressed as Santa Claus, elves, and other Christmas characters, these good Samaritans moved around for the most part on modified motorized tricycles — which are popular among people with disabilities in Mexico. 

Several ChristmasToy drives and other forms of charity are a yearly tradition in Yucatán and are organized by a number of individuals and charitable organizations. 

Some great local organizations you may want to consider supporting include Yucatan Giving Outreach, Estancia Infantil Nueva Vida (Home for girls), and Fundación BAI (sex education and HIV testing/support).

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