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Yerkes National Primate Research Center staff and faculty have donated enough toys and gifts to fill 77 stockings that will be distributed over the holidays to children in three poor communities in central Mexico. Cindy Cross, program coordinator for scientific programs, has spearheaded Yerkes' center-wide gift-giving efforts, now in their fifth year. In addition to the stockings, some 200 Yerkes employees donated baby items, school supplies, gifts for senior citizens and cookies—all for transport to Mexico later this month, just in time for Christmas.


Holiday generosity helps Mexican towns

While it may not look like it, there is organization among the chaos in Cindy Cross’ Yerkes National Primate Research Center office. On one side is a pile of 77 Christmas stockings—actually beige drawstring bags—overflowing with stuffed animals, plastic jewelry, toy cars, yo-yos, Play-Doh, socks, books and many more gifts.

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