Businesses and community members opened their hearts more than ever this holiday season by giving large donations to the Department of Children and Family Services.
‘These are probably the most donations we have ever received for the Christmas period and we are thankful to our donors for bringing holiday cheer for all,’ said Ms Cassandra Parchment of the department, states a GIS press release.
Another reason for joy is that department managed to relocate all families still staying in shelters:
‘It was important for us to get everyone a place to stay before Christmas and with the community’s help we managed to do just that,’ added Ms Parchment.
The department thanks the following persons for their contributions:
Cruise ship passengers from Pennsylvania, Joanne Bova and Karen Langer, who gave shoes and toys for foster children.
The Department of Tourism gave toys, videos and books.
The Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants gave $2500 to Maple House, a home for special needs children.
UBS Bank and staff gave 37 cooked Christmas dinners, each feeding six to eight people.
The staff of Treasure Island Resort gave turkeys, hams, chickens and sodas.
Grand Pavilion Tenants and the Thompson family sponsored food baskets and gifts for 25 families.
The Montessori by the Sea school gave gifts for children.
The National Museum gave gifts certificates for various grocery stores.
St. Ignatius Catholic and High schools gave $650 in gift certificates for groceries.
The Mich Foundation in memory of Michelle Wagner gave gifts for 50 children.
Cydonie Mothersill who helped to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve.
Community Development Officer from the RCIP, Steve Myers, gave foot care spa kits for the elderly
Walkers law firm gave linens and other household goods.
Marsh Management and employees gave 54 children’s gifts.
Cayman 27 and staff hosted a party for 57 children.
Close Brothers gave a donation to the Young Parents Programme.
Paget Brown and Co. donated a cheque.
Trident Trust gave a donation to the Young Parent Programme.
Deloitte and Touche donated children’s clothing.
Style 96 donated money to buy fridges, washers and/or stoves for 96 families as well as $300 worth of groceries each for 17 families.
Cayman Free Press held a toy drive for children throughout the Cayman Islands.