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Victor and Rita build trucks, puzzles and assemble dolls to give kids away in homes and dining rooms.
The love between Rita (82) and Victor (84) is so great that they decided to share it with a lot of children every year. Both gave away about 9,000 toys in the last nine years and hope that more and more children will be able to have their own toy.
Both have been together for 61 years and a decade ago they turned their home into a workshop and warehouse, where they manufacture, remanufacture and paint toys. Once ready, they are packed and wrapped to take to canteens and homes across the country.
But this solidarity marriage has one peculiarity: when they carry the gifts they do not want to hand them over, because they like to generate enthusiasm for the children who receive them. Despite this, many times, some of the little ones see them leaving and rushing to embrace them.
Rita recounts that neither of us knew how to make toys, but that with love and patience they began to design the models.
“ The one who started was my husband who collaborated with the Food Bank of Vicente López classifying the food that the volunteers then took to the canteens, and he saw that many boys didn't have to play with and he thought to make them toys,” says Rita and goes on: “He told me that he did things for the boys and that they were missing for the girls, so I replied that I was going to take care of doing things for the babes: not only dolls, but also hand puppets, finger puppets or cloth boards so they could draw.”
The gifts are made with wood that they recycle, fabrics that they gave them and objects that are disused. But the desire to help was growing so in 2009 they created the NGO UPA: Unidos Para Aayudar. Since then, they have volunteers with whom they share the tasks.
“ My lady first looked at me to see what I was going to do. The goal was always for a boy to have a toy from him, not inherited, not borrowed, even modest, that is his own,” explains Victor.
The years pass, but the longing to help remains and they want more and more people to get infected, have more volunteers to do something to help others.
The key for both Rita and Victor is to understand that solidarity has to exist throughout the year. “For the kids it would have to be all year round Christmas, because maybe in the holidays some groups get gifts, but there are others who don't. If more people joined, if they thought five minutes each day that they could do something for each other, the world would be better.”
Source: La Voz
Publication Date: 30/01/2019
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