Amigos Kids Club - New Home

Thank you to donors, Banderas Bay Charities purchased Langosta 27 in July 2022.

Watch the progress, feel free to stop by to look around.  

We will now begin the process to upgrade the building - let us know if you'd like to help.




Sponsor a Scholar program for those in need

contact John Whitten,

WhatsApp +52 322 111 9419



Guadalajara Reporter THE KIDS CLUB, Mar 2022

School Kids of La Cruz get Eyeglasses - Vallarta Bay Times, Oct 2021



Teachers Alejandra Rubboli (art and reading/writing), Director John Whitten (reading/writing and sports),

Lilly Alcantara (reading/writing, dance and music)





Get-Togethers 2023-24 Season


January 2024           Dinner, Dance, Auction 5-8 PM 

April 2024                 Dig Deep for Kids VI Dinner Party & Auction 5-8 PM

May 7, 2024             Dental Team/Volunteer "Thank You" Dinner


Kid's Club Dental Clinic



The 2023 Amigos de La Cruz & Ensign Academy of Dentistry (formerly named Academy of LDS Dentists) completed its 19th year in the Puerto Vallarta area. Boise, Idaho area dentists Dr. Gordon Croft and Dr. Don Cook, are a miracle team to behold.  A team compromised of family and friends have come to La Cruz for the past 15 years.  

This year the team arrived on January 13 and departed on January 21. The clinic itself was held Jan 16-19.  Doctors brought family members and staff to serve as assistants, sterile technicians and interpreters. 
Each year they include local dentists from the La Cruz area to work at the clinic. This year 4 local dentists assisted part-time with the team: David, MariCruz, Lupe, and Carlos.

The portable clinic consists of 4-5 Adec units for the doctors and two hygiene units. Some of the equipment and supplies left from the last visit are in storage in PV.  The airport National Guard assisted in safe passage through Customs.  

The primary school children in La Cruz (gr 1-6) are invited to come for free dental care.  Amigos of La Cruz organizes the screenings, appointments, and transportation from the primaria to the Kids Club. The children are pre-screened by local dentists and placed in categories for their visit.  The doctors and hygienists work at the Amigos Kids Club from 8-5 pm each day from Monday – Thursday.  They try to make sure all kids receive a cleaning, toothbrush, and floss, as well as leave with a healthy smile.  The treatments performed include fillings, extractions, pulpotomies and cleanings.  The kids and parents are always very appreciative and kind.

2024 Dates: May 6 through 9, 2024. 

Permission Slips & Screening:  Week of April 22

Dental Team arrives Fri May 3; Setup Sat, May 4

This allows BYU Pre-dental students to come on the trip.

A special Thank You to volunteers:  David Bailey (videographer); Izzy Simon (front desk intake and organizer); Marlin Simon (trouble-shooter and transportation); Sandi & Kent Nelson and Marilyn DiDuca (lunches for the Team and Volunteers), Carmen Tapia and Dunia Guiterrez and Annabelle Halloran for screenings and acting as interpreters; Mayra, Alejandra, and Lilly for entertaining the children as they waited and to act as interpreters and cleaning; Susan Parter for file organization.  It truly takes a village – apologies if anyone was not included.


177 Students
196 Appointments
160 Cleanings
138 Fillings
33 Extractions


Formed December 2014, Amigos de La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, A.C. is an Asociación Civil (Mexican government recognized non-profit corporation) made up of volunteers working together in harmony to address the continuing needs of our community. 


July 2015, Amigos received Donatario status which allows Amigos to give Mexican tax donation credit.  Under the Mexican tax code, only the following activities are deductible contributions:  Relief, Education, Scientific, Cultural, Ecological, Research and Preservation of flora and fauna, Pollution control, Educational scholarships, Social development, Schools, and Public Service works.


Amigos is able to give USA tax donation credits through Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.

Amigos is able to give Canadian tax donation credit.

Contact treasurer Amy Welch for more information:   +1 503 516 4757 WhatsApp


To contribute to the quality of life in the community of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle through cultural, educational, environmental and charitable assistance programs.


– Increase educational and cultural opportunities
– Facilitate improvements in health and safety
– Support a sustainable environment
– Maintain a collaborative relationship with local officials and citizen groups


– BELONGING:  We welcome everyone in a safe, accepting environment

– RESPECT:  We ensure that everyone deserves to be heard, valued and treated fairly
– INTEGRITY:  We operate with honesty and transparency, and hold ourselves accountable for words and actions
– EXCELLENCE:  We set high expectations and work hard to achieve them by engaging in continuous learning and improvement

– TEAMWORK:  We collaborate opening on common goals to leverage the expanded knowledge of our community

– INNOVATION:  We seek and embrace new possibilities that can increase our impact

– CHALLENGE:  We imagine all possibilities

– BOLDLY:  We purposefully grow our mission






  • Dentists and Assistants 2023
  • Whole Group 2023
  • Volunteers 2023


Email or Call Amy Welch 

WhatsApp +1 503 516 4757


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