Cozumel Santa 2016

Christmas came early in Cozumel on Saturday, when Santa delivered gifts to vulnerable island kids on behalf of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association.

Volunteers brought the donations to the island aboard the Carnival Paradise cruise ship as part of the Holiday Gift Project.

Cozumel Christmas Gifts

Organized by the association's charitable foundation, the project reaches out to children in Caribbean cruise destinations in foster homes or institutions where holiday gifts would not ordinarily be possible.

The children in Cozumel received their festive presents at an event held by the local government and hosted by Gina Ruiz de Marrufo, the wife of Cozumel's mayor.