Christmas cheer extended to hundreds of children
More than 200 toys and games were distributed to children at Gambier Primary, the Children’s Emergency Hostel, Bilney Lane Children’s Home, All Saints Camp and the Princess Margaret Hospital’s Pediatric Ward. The charitable initiative was part of the Sandals Foundation’s Annual Christmas Treat.
Stacy Mackey, public relations manager at Sandals Royal Bahamian said their charitable events during 2010 were varied and aimed to provide much-needed holiday cheer to the children.”We had a group of more than 15 resort guests and Sandals Foundation volunteers that went down to Gambier Primary on the last day of school and served lunch and gave out gifts to all 120 students,”she explained.”Then we hosted the Children Emergency Hostel and All Saints Camp to an afternoon of games, a movie and buffet lunch before they departed with their Christmas presents in hand.”
Diana Thompson of All Saints Camp said this year there were few donations of gifts for the children.”Being able to take the children to Sandals and have them enjoy an outing was such a blessing. Everyone had a big smile on their faces and it truly made the children happy.”
Sandals Foundation volunteer Monique Alcy said it was great they were able to assist more children than the previous year.”We were able to spend quality time with most of the kids and even our guests enjoyed the experience. We needed the extra helping hands and the Christmas treat allowed our guests to see the work of the Sandals Foundation.”
The activities were a part of the Sandals Foundation’s Caribbean-wide Annual Holiday Treats which saw 60 treats benefiting over 10,000 children in Jamaica, St Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Turks&Caicos and The Bahamas.
The Sandals Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International and aims to enhance education, the environment and the community in the Caribbean islands where Sandals operates.