Today’s Editorial December 10: Help make Christmas joyful

We welcome the news that Government is adding $500 to the payments our indigents and veterans receive this month.

It will surely go a long way in helping the recipients have a brighter Christmas.

But there are still sure to be children who won’t have such a merry holiday because their families just can’t afford the extra toys.

We at Cayman Free Press see this as a pressing need each year, so once again we have teamed up with Woods Furniture and Design, Z99 and Rooster 101.9 to make sure that children throughout the Cayman Islands have a cheery gift-filled Christmas.

Our annual toy drive will run through 18 December, but it’s never too early to make a donation.

Large donation boxes have strategically been placed at the business offices of CFP, Z99 and Rooster and at Woods.

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

In return, we’ll happily give each person who donates toys a gift certificate for 10 per cent discounts at Woods. Not only will you be treating a child to a merry Christmas, but you get something out of it too.

Buying a new toy and putting it in one of the bins will also just make you feel good. If you’re not already in the Christmas spirit, what better way to start?

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.

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.

Our children are our future, whether they are from families in need or not.

We need to do all we can to instil in them the concepts of generosity, love for fellow man, selflessness and compassion.

Many of us can all remember waking up on Christmas mornings to oodles of brightly papered packages under the Christmas tree and the delight at ripping off the paper to find the prize within.

Please help us share that delightful experience with children in the Cayman Islands.

Once the toys have been collected we’ll notify the Department of Children and Family Services, which will distribute them to the children and families most in need.

We need your help to make this a success.

Donations can be taken to Cayman Free Press on Shedden Road, Woods at Dorcy and McLendon Drive and Z99 and Rooster at Grand Harbour.

Please take some time out of your hectic day, buy a toy and bring it by.

You’ll help make a child’s Christmas bright.