Navidad en el Barrio gives a thousand kids a Merry Christmas
More than a thousand needy kids got the chance to have a Merry Christmas today, all thanks to an annual toy drive that keeps getting bigger and better every year.
" Every year it gets better and we increase the number of students."
"Close to three thousand children got gifts this year and constable Rudy Rodriguez says he is hoping to reach out to at least five thousand for next year."
The founder for Navidad en el Barrio says he is thankful to the Laredo community for all the donations.
This year sponsors dropped their donations significantly.
For example only half the meals were donated.
The rest had to be bought by organizers, a sign of the struggling economy: "I think what helps us is that we are a nonprofit organization and people know their money will go to a good cause."
Such a good cause that each kid gets five gifts and some students even get a bicycle.
Teachers were seen checking their list twice to make sure each kids had a gift.
New this year: laptops. Students eleven and twelve years of age that won an essay competition actually received a computer.
"Some of these students would not open their gifts here at the LEC, they'll take it home and they'll tell you that’s all they'll have for Christmas."
A Christmas present that the Constable's office was able to pull off finding ways to raise money.
"I hope all political views are put aside and think about those children that will not open a gift this Christmas."
Close to two thousand children from United ISD will receive toys tomorrow in the second day of the event.