Bringing Joy to Children at Christmas
Over 1,400 children in Saint Lucia received an early Christmas gift this year courtesy of Sandals Foundation and partner Hasbro Inc., a global play and entertainment company committed to making the world a better place for children and their families.
On November 29th, the day internationally celebrated as ‘Giving Tuesday’, the Foundation launched its online and on-property campaign. Through this initiative, when consumers donate to the Foundation’s #InspireJoyWithAToy campaign from now through to December 25, 2016, Hasbro, Inc. will donate a brand new toy or game (up to 15,000 toys/games in total) to a less fortunate child. Additionally, in support of its “Play Relief” efforts, Hasbro Inc. has committed an additional 7,500 toys and games to children most impacted by Hurricane Matthew in The Bahamas and Haiti.
All monies raised from this year’s campaign will go towards supporting the Foundation’s Holiday Treats events, which provide thousands of children with a healthy meal and a toy this Christmas season. This year, a total of 76 treats are being hosted across the Caribbean region.
Each year the Foundation ensures that throughout the region children aged 5 to 17 years can join in the Christmas cheer through its annual Toy Drive initiative. To fulfill this year’s mission to ‘Inspire Joy with a Toy’, Sandals team members, led by their General Managers, readily pitched in to help wrap carloads of gifts and treats and deliver them to schools across the island, from Gros Islet in the North to Dennery on the East Coast.
Sandals Halcyon General Manager, Chris Elliott, in summing up his visit to the Roseau Combined School said, “These children will never forget this experience. There is just something so special about giving a child a gift at Christmas time. I always make time for this event.”
Meanwhile Sandals Regency La Toc General Manager, Michael James, was moved to say that he “felt like a child again”. He assisted team member Keitha Joseph who played the role of Mrs. Claus at the Marchand Combined School, handing out a gift to each boy, while Mrs. Claus presented gifts to the girls.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian General Manager, Winston Anderson, mobilized his team and had special praise for team member Teroll Compton who stepped up to the plate as Santa Claus. “After all, what is a giftgiving without Santa?” he said. The Saint Lucia Crisis Centre also received a special visit from the Sandals Santa.
Sometime it’s the smallest gifts that make a big difference. The joy of giving can never be underestimated, especially at Christmas time. The Sandals Foundation is therefore pleased to be associated with an event that brings happiness to children in Saint Lucia, and in all islands where it is part of the community.
Students with Santa at the Gros Islet Infant School.