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Three Kings bring bikes, toys for children in Osceola

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:44 am

By Jennifer DiDomenico
For the News-Gazette
The Three Kings visited Old Town on Saturday, Jan. 6, to celebrate Three Kings Day with Osceola County residents.
Three Kings Day, or “El Día de los Reyes,” is a holiday celebrated around the world by different cultures as a way to remember the three Wise Men as they brought their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus. It is common for children to receive presents on
this day.
Osceola’s Three Kings — represented by Kissimmee Mayor Jose Alvarez, Kissimmee Commissioner Jim Fisher and Florida State Senator Victor Torres — handed out presents to families and children in need.
“It’s all about giving back to the community on this day,” said event volunteer Freddy Pesante.

News-Gazette Photo/Martin Maddock
Eva Garayua from Apopka was the first one in line to visit with The Three Kings after their arrival to Old Town on Saturday.

“We have a lot of people moving here from Puerto Rico and it is important to welcome them and serve our community as well as we can.”
Within the first two hours of the event, more than 600 children had received toys from the Three Kings. Children were able to take home one big toy and one small toy, along with some other small goodies. Children were able to choose from coloring books, stuffed animals, games and more, and could even have their photo taken with the Kings themselves.
Though the event celebrated its 13th year, many families were first-time attendees.
“This was our first time coming to celebrate the Three Kings Hispanic celebration,” said Yamarys Sanchez, who attended the event with her family. “I’m excited to be here with my kids and for them to receive gifts from the Three Kings.”
The holiday celebration also included bike raffles throughout the day, free hotdogs, free juice, live musical entertainment and much more.
In addition to this event, the Three Kings presented a $5,500 scholarship donation on behalf of the Hispanic Business Council of Osceola during their formal announcement and press conference held in December. Hispanic Heritage Scholarship matched this donation for a total of $10,000.