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A donation in the amount of $1.60 (10% of the regular retail price) is given to the Cancun based charity GIVE A TOY, GET A SMILE with every PEOPLE'S CHOICE GUIDE CANCUN Travel Survey Guidebook purchased via BUY DIRECT & SAVE from the Shop page.

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THE GIVE A TOY, GET A SMILE STORY

In late October 2005, Hurricane Wilma struck the Cancun area. People faced an array of difficulties including repairing homes, lives and livelihoods. Finding a way to purchase the bare necessities became an everyday challenge, and buying toys for the children at Christmas was certainly out of the question. In an effort to make a difference, Nancy Myers, a Registered Nurse from New York, along with her husband Andy, started a non-profit organization known as GIVE A TOY, GET A SMILE.

The mission is simply to accept donations of toys and school supplies from tourists, and get them to those in need. The collection point was originally at a small restaurant known as My Place, however, as awareness spread, a location with a larger capacity was needed. Today the Hard Rock Cafe is graciously accepting donations on behalf of GIVE A TOY, GET A SMILE. Since its inception, donations in excess of 3,000 toys and countless school supplies have been distributed to La Casita Orphange, El Hogar del Esperanza Orphanage in Bonfil, the Little Yellow Schoolhouse on Isla Mujeres, School for Children with Exceptional Needs (autism, cerebral palsy, etc.), Hospital General, "Families Learning to Live with AIDS-HIV", Francisco May Pueblo and countless other pueblos in the jungle throughout the State of Quintana Roo.

"We take tourists along on our trips to visit with the beautiful children in our region." says the organization's founder Nancy Myers. "Although Cancun has beautiful beaches and resorts, most never see the poor and sick children that need help." Nancy and her husband Andy are rewarded by the smiles they receive from the children, parents, grandparents, doctors, nurses and administrators of the facilities they assist.

"We hope when you come to Cancun, that you pack something to drop off for our kids." Donations of toys and school supplies are accepted at the Hard Rock Cafe located at the Plaza Forum By The Sea shopping mall, Boulevard Kukulcan Km 9, in the Cancun Hotel Zone.

Information and photos are available at: www.GiveAToyGetASmile.org

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