Today’s Editorial December 08: Give a child a joyous Christmas

Probably one of the saddest images is a child waking up Christmas morning to no tree, no presents and no hope.

What a tragedy.

Cayman Free Press is joining forces again this year with Woods Furniture and Design, Z99 and Rooster 101.9 to help make sure the above scene doesn’t take place in the Cayman Islands.

Our annual toy drive will run until 20 December, but it’s never too early to make your contributions.

You can visit any of our locations to donate a new, unwrapped toy.

In return you’ll get 10 per cent off your next purchase at Woods.

And while that’s a nice incentive, we would hope that is your loving and caring nature that takes you to your closest retailer of children’s toys that motivates you to buy a gift for an unknown child and donate it.

The Cayman Islands is considered a very affluent society, but there are many among us who are barely making it by on their meagre wages.

Many people in our country have to worry about putting food on the table and keeping the electricity on with the income they make.

Making sure their children have a happy Christmas will be an economic burden to many.

That’s why those of us who have plenty must step up to the plate.

Those who donate a toy to the drive won’t only be making a child happy and getting a sense of self fulfilment, they will be teaching the recipient children the long-held lesson that giving is better than receiving.

Children are one of this country’s most valuable resources. They are tomorrow’s civic, business and social leaders.

Showing those in need that there is indeed love and care throughout the community helps raise the self-esteem of children and gives them hope for the future, steering them toward productive lives.

By giving to the toy drive you will be delivering a message of hope and setting an example for others to emulate.

Think back to when you were a child and recall what it meant to receive a toy at Christmas.

Now is your chance to share that feeling with a child in need.

Donations can be taken to Cayman Free Press on Shedden Road, Woods at Dorcy and McLendon Drive and Z99 and Rooster at the Crighton Building on Crewe Road.