Students at the International College of the Cayman Islands and Triple C School have teamed up for a toy drive to deliver Christmas gifts to roughly 200 children at Windsor Park on 15 December.
International College graduate Kadian Smith-Taylor said in tough economic times, there are a number of parents and grandparents who are not able to provide presents to their children. As a result, this toy drive is meant to bring out the spirit of generosity within the community.
“We are excited about this toy drive because it gives less fortunate children an opportunity to enjoy Christmas and the joy it brings,” Ms Smith Taylor said. “Christmas is the season for giving and ICCI is pleased to be part of this initiative to provide these young people with Christmas gifts so they can appreciate the season.”
The Triple C School Student Council has been playing a big part in getting everyone at the school involved in the drive this year.
“We want to show people that we are involved in the community and we want to make sure kids have a special Christmas this year,” said Triple C student Corriel Orret.
The toys will be distributed during a Christmas party for children at the Windsor Park playground on Sunday, 15 December from 10am to 2pm. Santa Claus is scheduled to drop by for a visit and to tell stories and distribute presents. There will also be programmes and refreshments for children living at Windsor Park and their families to enjoy.
Organisers for the Christmas party are also asking for 30 to 60 volunteers to help with games, face painting, serving of refreshments and handing out toys.
The beat officer for the Windsor Park area, Constable Emrol Smith said the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service have been supportive of the toy drive since it was introduced.
“The RCIPS is happy to see the university and Triple C working along with the community on this toy drive project,” Constable Smith said.
People interested in participating in the drive may leave presents at drop boxes located at the International College, Triple C, Books and Books and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.