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Victor and Rita build trucks, jigsaw puzzles and put together dolls to give to kids in homes and canteens.
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 thousand toys in the last nine years and hope that more and more children will be able to have their own toy.
The two of them have been together for 61 years and a decade ago they turned their house into a workshop and warehouse, where they manufacture, refine and paint toys. Once ready, they pack and wrap them up to take to canteens and homes all over the country.
But this solidarity marriage has a special feature: when they carry gifts they don't want to give them in hand, 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 rush to embrace them.
Rita tells that neither of us knew how to make toys, but that with love and patience they began to design the models.
“The one that started was my husband who collaborated with the Vicente López Food Bank classifying the food that the volunteers then took to the canteens, and saw that many kids didn't have to play with and he thought to make them toys,” says Rita and goes on: “He told me that he had a lot of fun.I told him that I was going to do things for the girls: not only dolls, but also hand puppets, finger puppets or cloth boards so they could draw.”
Gifts are made with wood that they recycle, fabrics that they gave them and objects that were disused. But the desire to help was growing so in 2009 they created the NGO UPA: United To Help. 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 if modest, that is his own,” explains Victor.
The years pass, but the yearning to help remains and they want more and more people to get infected, that they 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 Christmas all year round, because maybe some groups get gifts at parties, but there are others that don't. If more people were added, 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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