Today’s Editorial for December 21: Toy drive needs an assist

We understand that money is tighter this year than in the recent past, but that shouldn’t mean a miserable Christmas for the children in need in our community.

That’s why we at Cayman Free Press have once again 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.

The drive was supposed to end on Friday, but a quick walk to the reception area showed a rather empty box. We know the community can rally together and do better.

Cayman Free Press would love to have our loyal readers come to our offices today before 9.30am with a new, unwrapped toy for a child or gift for a teen.

In return, we’ll happily give each person who donates toys a gift certificate for 15 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.

We’ll be delivering the toys to Woods Monday, so if you can’t make it to Cayman Free Press, take your toy directly to the Department of Children and Family Services at BritCay House on Eastern Avenue.

Or you can continue to take them to Woods, which will deliver them to the social services department on a daily basis so that the toys can be delivered in time for Christmas.

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?

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.

We need your help to make this a success.

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.