PR — The holidays are undoubtedly a joyous occasion in the Caribbean, with jingle bells and all-round cheer echoing throughout the air. This year, the Sandals Foundation made it even more memorable for children in Grenada with a little help from Santa and his elves hand-delivering some 800 toys and games.
The beaming faces and smiles of wide-eyed children in Mt. Rich, The Limes, Florida Government School, Mt. Moritz Anglican School and St. George’s Anglican Junior and Senior Schools- were only topped by the warm hugs that greeted the philanthropic organisation’s ambassadors from Sandals Grenada Resort as they served Christmas treats and distributed toys donated by American toy company, Hasbro.
According to Heidi Clarke, Executive Director of Sandals Foundation, the activities were designed to bring laughter, joy, and happiness to children throughout the region, making this time magical.
“The holiday season is in full swing, and for us, it is a time of generosity, kindness, and love as we share joy and hope with the children we’ve worked with throughout the year.”
Clarke also added, “The sheer joy radiating from the volunteers as they distribute toys to the children, combined with the warm embrace they receive from that overjoyed child, is priceless.”
More than 14,000 fun and educational toys and games are being distributed to children ages 3 to 13+ right across the Caribbean, with the customary high-energy celebration that has been known to characterize the Sandals Foundation team.
Asha Bailey, Principal of the St. George’s Anglican Junior School, was elated at the gesture for her students, “Thank you Sandals Foundation for bringing the Christmas cheer to our school with a wow. Every student, teacher and parent felt the joy of the season when you visited, this feeling is what it’s all about and it will resound within our hearts and our homes.”
The Sandals Foundation’s annual Christmas toy distribution has become a tradition for children in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, Grenada, and Barbados. This year, the joy was also spread to the resort’s newest island home of Curacao.
“Thank you to our partners at Hasbro for continuing to help us make the season even more special for children across the Caribbean, and to our team members who add the magic touch with gift wrapping and distribution, bringing joy to many young boys and girls,” said Heidi Clarke, Executive Director at Sandals Foundation.