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UTPA Volunteer Resource Program Delivers Toys to Reynosa Children
Posted: 01/17/2006
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The University of Texas-Pan American's Volunteer Resource Program (VRP) delivered nearly 2,500 toys and school supplies to the children of Colonia El Anhelo in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico Jan. 6 in what was the culmination of a campus-wide, three-week toy drive. Pictured is a Reynosa child receiving a soccer ball and handshake from Reynosa Mayor, Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca who helped support the effort. The toys and supplies were distributed at the Parque Unidad Deportiva Solidaridad in El Anhelo on Dia de los Reyes Magos, a Mexican version of Christmas where children traditionally receive toys. The toy drive originally began as a simple notice sent via e-mail to UTPA students, faculty and staff, but later encompassed numerous community organizations. According to VRP Volunteer Recruiter Norma Saenz, donations and support were also provided by Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor (PROFECO), Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL), Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP), Boys & Girls Club of Edinburg, Boys & Girls Club of McAllen, McAllen Fire Department Union, McAllen Police Department in addition to the UTPA Border Health office, the UTPA Bookstore and UTPA students, student organizations, faculty and staff. The VRP is a program that assists students, Winter Texans and others with finding volunteer opportunities at nonprofit organizations. The VRP is housed within the Southwest Border Nonprofit Resource Center, an office of Center Operations and Community Services (CoSERVE) unit. For more information on the VRP, call 956/292-7566, e-mail volunteer@utpa.edu or visit http://www.coserve.org/vrp/ for volunteer opportunities.