Cayman 27 in partnership with the Department of Children and Family Services once again made sure the children of the Cayman Islands had a very merry Christmas.
Cayman 27’s Christmas for Kids campaign, now in its 12th year, raised more than $18,000 for youth-related programmes.
On 15 December, CITN Station Manager, Rick Alpert, presented a check for $10,000 to the Department of Children and Family Services. The funds were used to purchase and deliver gifts to less fortunate children in our community.
An additional $5,000 was donated to the National Council of Voluntary Organizations, and $3,250 was given to the local chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. UBS, a sponsor of Christmas for Kids, saw employees get behind the campaign raising an additional $2,000 donated directly to the Department of Children and Family Services.
One of the highlights of the campaign every year is the Christmas party thrown by Cayman 27 for clients of Department of Children and Family Services and other invited guests. Cayman 27 staff and volunteers from the Triple C Key Club painted faces, worked on puzzles, and helped with arts and crafts. Storytellers Ezithamae Bodden and Virginia Foster captivated the younger crowd, while children waited patiently for a visit with Jolly St. Nicholas.
Mr. Wilcox says, ‘There is nothing more fulfilling than to see children light up at the sight of Santa Claus. We are honoured to be able to bring this type of joy to local children year after year who may not have had a chance to celebrate Christmas otherwise.’