Christmas Is Always for Children


The holiday season begins this week with US Thanksgiving.  This brings to mind thoughts of giving and being thankful for what we have.

Once again, Gilly’s Tequilaville will host Santa on the morning of December 24th.  Last year presents were given to over 600 children.  For some children in the pueblo, it was the only toy they received.  Donations are starting to trickle in, be it cash or gift.

For those of you who cannot be here but want to contribute, there is a PalPal account.  You can send money through PayPal to the following address:  The name on the account is Jake Gardiner.
Please open your hearts and your wallets for this terrific tradition.



Hekab Be Library

Many of the families whose children attend Hekab Be are very poor; they have shared with us that they would appreciate gifts that are practical as well as fun.

So this year we will be giving each child a set of new clothes, plus some small, fun, stocking stuffer style toys. We think this is a good middle ground where they will still have the thrill of new toys but also receive a gift that will be appreciated and used for much longer.

We have 38 girls ages 3 to 12, with most aged 5 to 9. Clothes for girls would be shirts, skirts, t-shirts, and sundresses such as are available on

We have 19 boys aged 1 to 12, with a pretty even distribution across the ages. Boys would love shorts and t-shirt sets, also found on

If you would like to buy clothes online via the site and have them shipped to us here in Akumal, please contact Betsy for more information and a shipping address. Please don’t ship to the library – it is not secure! We suggest a price range of between $200 – $400 Mexican pesos (approximately $10 to $20 USD) per outfit.

The small toys should cost around $5 each, definitely no more than $10. The girls like unicorns, princesses, dolls, kitchen toys and animals such as horses, dogs and cats. The boys like dinosaurs, sharks and lions, Legos, cars, trucks and airplanes, and balls.

You can also donate directly to Hekab Be via PayPal. Make a note “Holiday wish list” and we will buy gifts for the children with your donation. You can also see our regular wish list here.

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