Amigos Kids Club - New Home

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

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

the former home of Ya-Ya's, Gecko Rojo, Madera and Hakuna Matata.

Summer Camp will take place at the Kindergarten across the street, while the building is being rehabbed.


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


-Each day has 2 main “activities” (Monday thru Friday).
Wednesday is Arts  (dance and movement), Arts with Lilly and Alejandra, Open Learning Homework Club
-Follow SEP curriculum guide
-(activity 1) Daily focus on one theme or “asignatura,” expand and develop activities and projects for grade appropriate skills.
-(activity 2) Textbook work and support follows a different asignatura from activity 1 each day.
-each group will have at least one “special” class or activity each week that will be substituted for textbook support

(English, dance, art, science, geography, community/civics, health, music, etc.).



Bilingual Teachers: John, Abraham, Alejandra and Lilly  

Left to Right:

Galvis, on left, has returned to Venezuela

John Whitten, La Cruz resident and former teacher/administrator at Costa Verde and the American School.  Masters degree in Teaching

Lilly Alcantara, university degree in social anthropology.  Remedial teacher, dance, nutrition and music.

Abraham Galeana, now working in Nuevo Vallarta
Alejandra Rubboli, Alejandra is the new art teacher, integrating thematic academic content into art.


Get-Togethers 2022-23 Season


December 3, 2022              Dinner, Dance, Auction at Tree House Bar & Grill - thanks for a wonderful evening - $8,968 USD net to Amigos 

Feb 25, 2023                      Frida Dinner Party & Auction with The Tequila Experience @Kids Club

March 2023                        Dig Deep for Kids Dinner Party & Auction 6:30-9:30 PM




2023 Dental Clinic dates

Sat, Jan 21 setup

Jan 23, 24, 25, 26 Clinic 

free for La Cruz children



This is the 19th year that Dr Gordon Croft has lead a team of dentists to the Puerto Vallarta area, primarily in La Cruz.  In the past, they have also gone to Punta Mita and Puerto Vallarta. 
Dr Don Cook will be leading the team beginning next year.  This is Dr Cook's fourth year with the Team.

2022:  In a Nutshell
Team of 40 from Boise - dentists, hygienists and assistants
2 La Cruz Dentists

152 children seen (ages 3 to 15) 
172 appointments
120 cleanings
  96 cavities filled
  39 extractions
    6 children to be seen by a PV pediatric specialist

Amigos-Acad of LDS Dentists Clinic Recap (


Note from Dr Croft to the Academy of LDS Dentists:

Dr. Don Cook and I led a dental team to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico January 14th-22nd,2022. 
We had the largest team that we have ever had go with us this time!  We had Dr. Don Cook, and Dr. David Bingham from Northwest Dental Center, Boise; Dr. Nathan Williams, and Dr. Adam Dixon from New Leaf Dental Center, Boise; Dr. Cole Sweeten, Payette,Idaho and Dr. Mari Cruz, Puerto Vallarta, Mx and myself.
Our team of 40 people included assistants, hygienists and spouses of team members that all contributed to a very successful clinic that we held.  We received tremendous help and support from Amigos de La Cruz.  For many years they have been a great help to us as we hold our clinics.
Usually, we see over 200 patients in our clinics.  This time we saw 152 children, and had 172 appointments (some children were seen for more than one appointment). We saw less children this year partly because the school in La Cruz suddenly closed down because of Covid-19.  The Amigos de La Cruz rose to the occasion and were able to contact parents so that they could bring their children in for dental work.  Although we were unable to see as many patients this time, we did have more time to talk with the parents and explain treatment and treatment options.
All in all the whole team felt a great satisfaction in the work we did!  Everyone really enjoyed the trip and experience!
Dr. Don Cook will send some photos that were taken of our clinic.  I will forward to you an email report of our clinic that the Amigos de La Cruz sent to us after our clinic.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Gordon Croft


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







Email or Call Amy Welch 

WhatsApp +1 503 516 4757


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