After taking a year off, two Drumheller couples are headed back to the Honduran island of Roatan this Christmas.
 

Cindy and Bob Thomas and Christine and Gary Storrs take down gifts to bring holiday cheer to children who would otherwise get nothing this year.

"One of the fellas that owns the resort that we usually stay at said 'I have room for you guys to store all your boxes that you're shipping down' and he said 'in other words, I want you to stay here too because you're coming to do so much good for the island," related Cindy Thomas.

Each year, they collect kids toys and candy canes and Gary Storrs dresses up as Santa Claus to deliver them to needy children.

"When we went to the orphanage the last time, there was a little boy who was deathly afraid of Santa," recalled Thomas. "We had one dinosaur toy that somebody had donated to us, and we brought this little toy dinosaur out and he just lit up."

She says they're really short of toys for boys this year, things like Hot Wheels cars, toy dinosaurs, small balls and fidget spinners.

"Some ladies have been knitting and crocheting through the winter, making baby blankets," noted Thomas. "(The) last time we went down, on our visits to the hospital, they had no sheets, no blankets; they laid on just a plastic bed with nothing and when we brought in those blankets, they were so happy."

In addition to small gifts for the children of Roatan, they're looking for help with the cost of shipping everything down there. You can contact Cindy Thomas online or through her work, Western GM in Drumheller.

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