Sammy Brings Big Smiles This Christ­mas

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As light re­places dark on the first day in De­cem­ber, so, too, does the sea­son of good­will and cheer be­gin. It is in that spirit that the Daren Sammy Foun­da­tion (DSF) is urg­ing all Saint Lu­cians to join it in spread­ing love, sup­port and cheer through­out this sea­son to de­serv­ing, un­der­priv­i­leged fam­i­lies across the Is­land.

Last week rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Foun­da­tion trekked their way across Saint Lu­cia, sur­pris­ing the re­cip­i­ents of the 2016 Daren Sammy Foun­da­tion Grant with ham­pers spon­sored by pri­vate ci­ti­zens, Peter & Com­pany Distribution, Blue Wa­ters and Massy Stores.

“This is what DSF is all about, bring­ing smiles and joy to ev­ery­one,” founder Daren Sammy re­marked as an as­ton­ished and blush­ing Jes­sica James, one of the ten re­cip­i­ents, ap­proached Sammy, his team, Santa Claus and the Saint Lu­cia Car­ni­val Queen 2016, Tyler Theo­phane.

“Sammy, he is a joy; a true bless­ing to Saint Lu­cia,” said a par­ent of one of the ten re­cip­i­ents as the Foun­da­tion’s team handed over a Christ­mas ham­per.

The Foun­da­tion is en­cour­ag­ing Saint Lu­cians to help bring cheer to fam­i­lies, with a shirt and a smile, as we go into 2017. It is the mis­sion of the DSF to serve Saint Lu­cia through the de­vel­op­ment of its youth with the dis­ci­plines of Sports and Ed­u­ca­tion. And though the Foun­da­tion can­not ex­tend its reach to ev­ery­one, DSF en­deav­ours to bet­ter Saint Lu­cia’s fu­ture, one child at a time. Through the pur­chase of an of­fi­cial DSF shirt, the Foun­da­tion is re­in­forc­ing the say­ing that it takes a com­mu­nity to raise a child.

Join the Daren Sammy Foun­da­tion’s Cheer Cam­paign by upload­ing a photo to In­sta­gram or Face­book of your­self or friends, all wear­ing DSF of­fi­cial shirts, with the tag #DSFChrist­mas to show those who may not be as for­tu­nate as we are that we do care.

Shirts can also be pur­chased at Dive Saint Lu­cia (Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina) or Scotts Sports & Awards (Bay­walk or Cas­tries). All pro­ceeds go to­wards ful­fill­ing the Foun­da­tion’s ob­jec­tives.

With do­na­tions and through the pur­chase of of­fi­cial DSF mer­chan­dise, the Foun­da­tion is look­ing for­ward to mak­ing a big­ger im­pact for 2017.

Cricket star Daren Sammy (cen­tre) and 2016 Car­ni­val Queen Tyler Theo­phane (rear left) with Santa and his elves as they de­liver gifts this Christ­mas.

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