Making Christmas bright

Hundreds of toys collected

Toys collected in this years drive

From left, Cindy Oostvogels, Brian Uzzell. Philip Wood, Tiffany Myles, Denise Gower, Marilyn Nasirun and Nicole Lallum look over the toys collected in this years drive. Photo: Jewel Levy

Woods Furniture and Cayman Free Press’ Toy Drive has collected more toys than ever.

The campaign to Help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas resulted in hundreds of toys being dropped off by the public and donated by staff members.

‘We are delighted with the substantial increase over last year,’ said Philip Wood. ‘Many children who might otherwise not receive a gift this year will now receive one. We intend to keep the drive going each year.’

The toys will be distributed this week throughout Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac by the Department of Children and Family Services in time for Christmas.

‘We are very pleased to accept this substantial donation of toys to distribute to children in need in the Cayman Islands,’ said Cassandra Parchment, social worker. ‘It is through such deeds that we are able to help families look forward to a joyous Christmas and to be able to support the welfare of our children. We are thankful to all individuals and organizations who have given to the Toy Drive and to the organizers of the drive for this initiative.

Woods Furniture, Cayman Free Press and Z.99 gathered toys at their offices for four weeks.

‘We were overwhelmed by the response to this year’s drive,’ said Brian Uzzell, managing director of Cayman Free Press, ‘Our staff gave a lot and even though the drop off box was overflowing with gifts more kept arriving every day. We would like to thank our readers for their generosity. They have helped make the holiday special for a lot of children.

An additional donation to the drive was made by Ogiers, which presented a cheque for $2,000 to organisers. The money was raised by the staff through their weekly Friday Dress down Days.

‘We dress casually on Fridays and pay toward a monthly charity’ said Denise Gower, business development and marketing manager. ‘The team has been generous this year but this particular charitable request really tugged on the heart strings of our staff even more so. Every kid needs to have a nice Christmas’