JIS News

Some 1,100 children from several children’s homes in Kingston enjoyed a special Christmas treat on December 1 at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall, Half-Way-Tree, hosted by volunteers of the Needy Kids of Jamaica of South Florida.
Toys, food and clothing, totalling US$8,000 were distributed to children from homes, including St. Andrew Girls’, Alpha Boys’, Musgrave Girls’, Glenhope, Maxfield Park and Best Care Lodge.
Assisted by workers from the Department of Children Services of the Ministry of Health, the team of six volunteers from the Florida-based organization, led by President, Elgeta Thompson-Martin, treated the children to an evening of fun and games and party treats.
Santa Claus was on hand to present each child with a specially wrapped gift of toys and clothing, “a delight of every child at Christmas time”, according to Mrs. Thompson-Martin.
Residents in other homes throughout the Corporate Area also received Christmas packages as the volunteers continued their three-day treat on December 2 and 3.
The annual Christmas treat is now in its 23rd year and Mrs. Thompson-Martin said that her team looked forward to sharing Christmas joy with the less fortunate ones every year.
Each year, proceeds from the annual Grand Independence Ball hosted by the Needy Kids organization are used for that purpose, she said. Mrs. Thompson-Martin expressed appreciation to Jamaican-based organisations which have been assisting in this effort over the years. These include Air Jamaica Limited, Victoria Mutual Building Society, the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, the Ministry of Health and E.C. World Travel in Miami.

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