See more photos at Jennie's Flickr Photostream
After 20 years establishing and heading the Bucerias Christmas for Kids program, Ron and Arlene Tackett have turned over the reins for this great and worthwhile cause.
The Tacketts worked throughout the year in collecting toys for the children, organizing volunteers, wrapping the gifts. On Christmas Eve, the Tacketts, also known as Mr. & Mrs. Santa, distributed the gifts to the children along with the help from their elves.
Beginning this year, Jan and Jennie Roden will take over these efforts in order to continue putting smiles on the faces of Bucerias children at Christmas.
Like many expatriates, Jan and Jennie realized their long-term plans in 2012 - to retire and live in the beautiful Bahia de Banderas region.
Coming from a small university city in Northern California, Chico, they cured their initial homesickness by plunging into the vibrant life of their chosen community, Bucerias. The transition was made a little smoother by Jennie's Spanish-speaking background and Jan's ability to speak English, Swedish, German, and Italian. Naturally, he's picking up Spanish quite fast!
Used to a fast-paced working life, they wanted to stay active by getting involved in their community. They soon discovered two causes, both very worthwhile, well-organized, and represented by extremely friendly, hard-working people: the Bucerias Christmas Children's Program and the Bucerias' library for children, Biblioteca Rey Nayar.
The Rodens' long-term objective is to work towards a connection between the expatriate and Mexican community. Building a cultural bridge between the two worlds such that both expats and locals work side by side for the betterment of future generations is an idea the Rodens feel is worth pursuing.
To get involved with supporting the efforts of the Rodens, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or telephone Jan and Jennie at (322) 222-5101.
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