It’s that time of year again when we turn our thoughts to others who may not be as fortunate as we are.
Again this year there is a big box in the reception area of the offices that comprise Cayman Free Press.
Right now it’s pretty empty.
But we’re counting on you to help out.
Each year our sister publication, the Caymanian Compass, teams up with Woods Furniture and Design and Rooster 101.9 radio to sponsor a toy drive.
This year we will be taking donations until 20 December.
There are also drop points at Rooster, which is at Grand Harbour, and at Woods at Dorcy and MacLendon Drive.
We’re seeking new and unwrapped gifts for children of all ages and like in years past, we are imploring those who are moved to give to remember the teenagers in our midst.
Many of you are already out in the stores searching for that special gift for a friend or loved one. Please take some extra time to pick out a gift for a child in need in the Cayman Islands.
We all know that it is so much better to give than to receive.
And imagine the delight children and their families will experience when they see that Santa came to see them.
Although we live in one of the most affluent societies in the world, we do have families in the Cayman Islands that aren’t wealthy and live pay cheque to pay cheque – if there is any income at all.
It would be a shame for any child in our country to go without at Christmas when those of us who are more fortunate can pitch in and help with a gift.
For those who do participate in the annual toy drive, there is a reward – a certificate for 15 per cent off on a purchase at Wood’s Furniture and Design.
The gifts don’t all have to be toys, either.
Remember that those who will be receiving are also in need of non-perishable foodstuffs as well as toiletries.
The goal this year is to gather enough children’s gifts to fill a whole truckload.
So please remember while you are out and about making holiday plans and shopping to remember the annual toy drive and the children that get to have just a bit extra Christmas cheer, pick up a gift and swing by one of the offices to make your donations.