Fiesta de Reyes for Puerto Rico

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Gifts from the Three Kings

Traditionally in Puerto Rico, the Three Wise Kings visit the homes of Puerto Rican children and leave them a gift to commemorate their adoration of baby Jesus.  On the morning of January 6th, the children in Puerto Rico wake up to gifts and celebrate the joy of giving with their families.

After Hurricane Maria, many families struggled to meet basic needs, and the idea of celebrating this tradition was dissipating.  In December, Contigo Puerto Rico conducted a toy drive to collect toys and deliver them to kids in Puerto Rico.  Organizations like Mark Carroll and Friends donated hundreds of toys to the drive, and thanks to all the donations we were able to collect over 1,000 toys.

The first group of toys was given to local kids in Georgia during a Three Kings event, celebrated at Marietta Theater in the Square and dedicated to Puerto Rican family refugees. All remaining toys were then sent to Puerto Rico via Delta Airlines. On January 9th, toys were distributed to 109 children in the Traditional Event of Three Kings in Juana Diaz.

Additional toys were distributed to one of the most affected areas in the island, the city of Moca.  Even as some of these toys came after the traditional Three Kings Celebration, the smiles of the kids were very rewarding for our group to experience.

The organizer of the event in Juana Diaz, Dra. Waleska Torres Gutierrez shared her joy with us and expressed her gratitude with these words: “Thanks to Contigo Puerto Rico, the event served as an oasis during difficult times, bringing joy and capturing the smiles of all the kids.”

 

 

First Donations Arrive in Puerto Rico

 

 

We are here, Puerto Rico

Since the founding of our organization, the team has been to Puerto Rico twice, and we have sent 4 containers full of supplies to the island.  These supplies were donated by local organizations and restaurants that have been collecting since Hurricane Maria hit.

A total of 166,000 pounds of supplies were sent to Puerto Rico from November to January. With $2.50 per pound, that equates to $66,400 worth of donations that were sent to the people of Puerto Rico.

These supplies were distributed among 8 key churches that were in charge of redistributing the donations to around 75 churches in the island.  These key churches are:

  • Casa Jubilo – San Juan
  • Iglesia Pentecostal Jesucristo  – Arroyo
  • Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal – Patilla
  • Iglesia Pentecostal Rehoboth – Guayama
  • Iglesia Shaddai – Naguabo
  • Centro Cristiano Fruto de La Vid – Gurabo
  • Iglesia Gozen – Caguas
  • Centro Ciudad Refugio – Naguabo

Four months after the Hurricane Maria hit the island, there are still many people waiting for assistance to rebuild the place they call home.  As the economy struggles and continues to threaten many jobs, we have been able to provide some relief to many Puerto Ricans who, despite their situation, always receive us with a grateful smile and an open heart.

 

Puerto Ricans in Florida

Since Hurricane Maria hit, more than 280,000 Puerto Ricans have fled to Florida looking for a break from the chaos, some staying with friends or families, and others taking the risk of leaving everything behind and starting a new life.

Several churches from Orlando have contacted us seeking help as many of these Puerto Ricans are looking for assistance as they try to rebuild their lives.  Our organization connected with these churches and, like we did for Puerto Rico, we also sent 4 containers of supplies with a total of 166,000 pounds to Florida.  The supplies were distributed among these churches:

  • Ministerio DVC – Tampa
  • Iglesia Casa de Amor y Fe –  Lakeland
  • Ministerios Fortaleza – Orlando
  • Iglesia Trayendo Esperanza – Lakeland
  • Iglesia Fruto de la Vid – Kissime

Puerto Ricans are facing challenges whether they find themselves on the island or in the States. Contigo Puerto Rico wants to make sure our help extends to as many unique struggles as possible.

Stronger than the Storms

Let us welcome the season with a benefit concert for the citizens of Puerto Rico. What a better way to start the holidays than by helping our friends, family and fellow Americans that are in need. On Saturday, December 16th, Willie Valentin and Bomba y Plena by Son Boriqua Dance Company will be performing at the Marietta’s Theatre in the Square.  They will also feature comedy, poetry and Puerto Rican food.  Tickets are available online at theatreinthesquare.net for $25.00.  Space is limited, so reserve your space now!

All proceeds will go to Puerto Rico relief efforts.
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17th Festival Peachtree Latino

The Festival Peachtree Latino is the largest Multicultural cultural event in the state of Georgia since 2000. Featuring hundreds of exhibitors, family activities, arts and crafts, international foods and a high  pro-file outdoor music exposition and concert with both renowned international recording artists and local performers.

Recognized as the largest, most important and popular multicultural event held in Atlanta, Festival Peachtree Latino is proud to announce its fifteenth anniversary edition.