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  • The initiative invites the public to donate handmade gifts to children in Government-owned child care facilities.
  • The aim of this gesture is to bring a personal touch of handmade gifts and encourage the spirit of gift-giving at Christmas.
  • Persons, who wish to donate gifts, can do so at the Jamaica Conference Centre up to December 18.

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has launched a ‘Mek It An’ Share It’ initiative, aimed at providing handmade gifts for children in state care, this Christmas.

Director of Marketing at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson, told JIS News that the initiative invites the public to donate handmade gifts, such as toys, linens, clothing, greeting cards, among other items, to children between the ages of nine and 18 years old who are in Government-owned child care facilities.

“The aim of this gesture is to bring a personal touch of handmade gifts and encourage the spirit of gift-giving at Christmas. We want at least 80 per cent of the gifts to be handmade, because it is a known fact that Jamaicans are very talented, and what better way to showcase such talents, and help a child smile this Christmas, than through the ‘Mek it An’ Share it’ programme,” he said.

He noted that  “a lot of times we get caught up in the commercialized side of Christmas, and the idea of using our own unique talent to make a gift, in the true spirit of Christmas this year, will demonstrate how gifted we are as Jamaicans.”

The ‘Mek it An’ Share It’ programme involves collaboration with the Child Development Agency (CDA).

It emerged out of the JCDC’s Visual Arts Exhibition, which is currently taking place at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. The exhibition is scheduled to continue through to December 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

Persons, who wish to donate gifts, can do so at the Jamaica Conference Centre up to December 18, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or at any JCDC parish office, island-wide.

Established in 1963, the JCDC is a dynamic cultural agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, charged with the responsibility of keeping Jamaica’s heritage alive.

It seeks to enhance national development by creating opportunities that unearth, develop, preserve and promote the creative talents and expressions of the Jamaican people.

For more information on ‘Mek it An’ Share It’ persons can contact the JCDC at 926-5726.