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Santa Claus hands out bread and clothes to children in recession-hit Venezuela

The non-profit group Santa in the Streets, which for 14 years has received donations of clothing and toys and given them to families and children in poor areas of the country, on Saturday, handed out gifts in the suburb of Guarenas.

By: Reuters | Caracas (venezuela) | December 21, 2020 1:28:11 pm
A man dressed up as Santa Claus, from the private initiative "Santa in the street", greets residents before handing out food and donated clothes to families in need, in a low-income neighbourhood in Guarenas, east of Caracas, Venezuela December 19, 2020. Picture taken December 19, 2020. REUTERS/Fausto Torrealba NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Santa Claus walked the streets of the outskirts of Venezuela’s capital Caracas this weekend, giving children gifts ranging from bread to clothes at a time when the country is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic and an economic collapse.

Venezuelans are once again celebrating Christmas in crisis as the OPEC nation completes the sixth year of recession and a third of hyperinflation that has destroyed spending power and fuelled a mass migration.

The non-profit group Santa in the Streets, which for 14 years has received donations of clothing and toys and given them to families and children in poor areas of the country, on Saturday, handed out gifts in the suburb of Guarenas.

A man dressed up as Santa Claus, from the private initiative “Santa in the street”, hands out food to residents in a low-income neighbourhood in Guarenas, east of Caracas, Venezuela. (Picture credit: Reuters)

A young man named Raymar dressed as Santa Claus approached lines of children who waited with their parents to receive bread and bologna, clothes, shoes and toys.

Amilcar Ruiz, local coordinator for Santa in the Streets, said that this year the group handed out more food due to the needs faced by the community under the pandemic. In previous years, the group has brought more toys.

Venezuela, Christmas, Christmas 2020, Santa in the Streets campaign, Santa in the Streets Venezuela, Santa Claus gifts Venezuelan kids, Trending news, Indian Express news A man dressed up as Santa Claus and others, from the private initiative “Santa in the street”, walk in a low-income neighbourhood before handing out food and donated clothes to families in need. (Picture credit: Reuters)

“(The community) said ‘Don’t leave us out,’” said Ruiz. “Families have (less capacity) to feed their children.”
Venezuela’s monthly minimum wage is equivalent to a dollar, which is barely enough to buy a kilo of rice.

President Nicolas Maduro last year authorized the widespread use of dollars for the first time in 15 years, boosting commerce but also creating a growing gap between those with access to greenbacks and those making the local bolivar currency.

Venezuela, Christmas, Christmas 2020, Santa in the Streets campaign, Santa in the Streets Venezuela, Santa Claus gifts Venezuelan kids, Trending news, Indian Express news Volunteers from the private initiative “Santa in the street” sort donated clothes to be handed out to families in need, in Guarenas, east of Caracas, Venezuela. (Picture credit: Reuters)

“There is a pandemic, but people need a hug, a piece of bread,” added Juan Monroy, one of the organizers of the activity.

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