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Sherwood couple seek toys for Mayan children


Anthony and Tara Baker are travleing to Honduras during Christmas and hope to bring dolls and trucks for the needy children

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - TREASURED TOYS - Mayan children hold up dolls that were donated to them in Honduras.On Dec. 25, local Sherwood residents Anthony and Tara Baker will be flying to Honduras in Central America to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Part of their vacation will include volunteering with Paramedics for Children, a non-profit medical group in the village of Copan Ruinas.

In a country with an average income of $1,880, life in this place is difficult. The Baker’s will be working in a medical clinic on the grounds of a bed and breakfast, helping indigenous peoples of that area, some of whom are thought to be descendants of the Mayans.

Local people there are offered free or very inexpensive medical care. In addition to volunteering in the medical clinic, the Bakers plan to deliver small gifts to the children in the area.

Rodger Harrison, the president of Paramedic for Children, has suggested small gifts such as little cars for the boys and small dolls or hair items for the girls would make the best presents. Also, small stuffed animals and stickers are always welcome (visitors often peel them off and stick them on the children).

Other needed items include tooth brushes and tooth paste, marbles, jacks, crayons (small packs) or any small toys that can be purchased cheaply in bulk.

The Bakers are also looking for school supplies as well.

If you would like to help by providing some of these items or would like to donate a small amount to purchase these items, contact Tara or Anthony at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-925-8115.

For more information on Paramedics for Children, visit paramedicsforchildren.com.