Toy drive helped families

Fifty children had a merrier Christmas this year after charitable organisation Lean on Me and the International College of the Cayman Islands teamed up to deliver gifts to kids in need.

Donors handed over presents and toys during toy drives at the International College campus and at Smith Cove, as well as at Atlantic Department Store and Atlantic Kids. Organisers delivered the gifts and candy to seven families throughout George Town, Bodden Town and East End before Christmas.

ICCI Student Activities Committee member Jacqueline Hynes said the toy drive with Lean On me was part of efforts to reach out to the community. “We know a lot of parents are out of work and are not able to give to their children the way they would like to, so we thought this would be good if we could help them, especially now that it is Christmas. Every child is always expecting to get a gift,” she said.

Lean On Me chairperson Derri Lee said that when a team arrived at a family’s house to hand over presents, it was frequently an emotional moment for the parents. “It can be heart-wrenching, but it is also very rewarding because we know we have made someone’s day and it has also made a child’s Christmas a lot brighter,” said Ms Lee.

The families selected to receive the gifts were compiled by the Department of Children and Family Services and the principal of George Town Primary School.


ICCI and Lean On Me teamed up to deliver Christmas gifts and candy to 50 children in Cayman. Pictured in front row, from left, are Rashan-Kym Hynes, Anita Fausett-Khan, Demae Lee and Nicholas Chung. Bback row, from left, are Jacqueline Hynes, Tonya Mitchell, Derri Lee, and Melisa Bent-Hamilton. – Photo: Submitted