2014 Christmas Parties

Below is a timeline of the crazy week of work involved in putting the parties for the Volcanes school children.  Without the many volunteers, it could never have been accomplished.  Below is a photo gallery of the fun we had.  Please enjoy.

2014 Volcanes Christmas Parties



Sunday Dec. 14

Toy Buying Fills Van and SUV with Toys

On Sunday December 15, we met at the local Sorianna to buy toys for the Christmas parties.  Our volunteers and lots of store staff spent hours selecting the toys needed for the two Volcanes Primary school parties.  We negotiated a good discount and were also able to take advantage of another special 20% sale on toys.  It took almost seven hours to travel to the store, buy the toys, pack them in the van and then deliver them safely to a locked classroom at the school. 

Almost 50,000 Pesos spent and 
Over 18 Shopping Carts worth of Toys

Monday Dec. 15

Morning Christmas Party a huge Success

   Early on next morning on Monday, volunteers from all over Puerto Vallarta traveled to Volcanes for the Christmas party for those children attending the primary school in the morning.  In Mexico, it’s common for school buildings to be used for one group of children in the morning from 8 till 1 and after they leave another group of teachers and children use the building from 2 until 7.  Almost 250 children attended this party.

     Each year, the excitement and fun just get so enjoyable to watch.  We all handed out the hot dogs, chips, and juice then the volunteers gave each child a  numbered colored shapes sticker as raffle tickets and then proceeded to pick which colored ticket holders could rush up and get their toy.  The smiles were incredible.

Some of our Volunteers were:
  • Abraham
  • Aldorie
  • Andrew
  • Brent
  • Chava
  • Constantine
  • Don
  • Dina
  • Gail
  • Gilles
  • Jacques
  • Jaden
  • Jane
  • Janelle
  • Megan
  • Monique
  • Patricia
  • Penny
  • Peter
  • Serge
  • Steve
  • Tom
Hot Dogs, Chips, and Juice was handed out by the Volunteers

Then came the Christmas Cake

Then the drawings began to let the children choose their own Christmas Toy

Those children with the selected color rush up to choose their own toy.

The happy girls and boys can't wait to play with their toys.

Tired, hot and happy volunteers after the party.

Tuesday Dec. 16

Afternoon Christmas Party a huge Success

   The day after the Morning Christmas, it was time to have party for the other 210 children who attend the Volcanes Primary school in the afternoon.  In Mexico, it’s common for school buildings to be used for one group of children in the morning from 8 till 1 and after they leave another group of teachers and children use the building from 2 until 7.  

     Each year, the excitement and fun just get so enjoyable to watch.  We all handed out the hot dogs, chips, and juice then the volunteers gave each child a  numbered colored shapes sticker as raffle tickets and then proceeded to pick which colored ticket holders could rush up and get their toy.  The smiles were incredible.

Some of our Volunteers were:
  • Andrew
  • Chava
  • Don
  • Dina
  • Gail
  • Jacques
  • Jaden
  • Jane
  • Janelle
  • Jean-Claude
  • Jeannette
  • Megan
  • Penny
  • Peter
  • Steve
  • Tom






Hot Dogs, Chips, and Juice was handed out by the Volunteers

The Volunteers were treated with songs and dancing

 We even had an appearance by Santa and one of his reindeers.

Then came the Christmas Cake

Then the drawings began to let the children choose their own Christmas Toy

The children each chose their own toy.

Merry Christmas to All.


Wednesday Dec. 17

Volcanes Kindergarten Christmas Party

There are two small Kindergartens for the children of Volcanes.  The larger Volcanes Kinder has 109 children while the smaller Loma San Nicolas Kinder has another 50 toddlers.  For the second year, we have been able to provide Christmas parties for these small children as well.

Volcanes Kindergarten with 109 Children

The 109 Kinder Children having their Christmas Party

A Hot Dog, Chips and Juice Start Off the Party Right

The Christmas Party Cake

These boys loved being silly with their cake.
Each Girl and Boy chooses their own Christmas Stocking filled with a small toy, candy and clothing.

A Happy Little Boy with his Christmas Stocking

Lomas San Nicolas Kindergarten with 50 Children

This smaller Kinder still has a lot of excitement built up.

A treat of Juice followed by Hot Dogs and Chips.
Another beautiful Cake for the Children
This little princess is very happy to have a Christmas Stocking.