Victoria and Elisabeth Bise are holding their annual toy drive this year to help ensure no child in Cayman goes without a gift to open at Christmas.
The two sisters are encouraging people to donate unwrapped toys suitable for babies to teenagers. The toys are then delivered to the Department of Children and Family Services, which in turn distributes them to families across the Cayman Islands, and the George Town paediatric ward.
Victoria, who started the toy drive five years ago at age 13, says she sees the toy drive as a great way to spread some Christmas cheer, while also giving back to the community.
“I wanted every child on the Island to have a toy on Christmas Day,” she said. “The holidays are meant to be filled with happiness; however, with everything that the world has going on, a jolly Christmas can sometimes be put on the back burner. “I would say that we receive an estimate of between 300 to 700 toys per year. On one very successful year, we were able to give gifts to every single child under the care of the Children and Family Services Department. I hope to have the same success this year, too.”
Victoria said that Barbies, dolls and kitchen sets always go down well with girls, while boys are always thrilled to receive cars and trucks. For teenagers, clothing, electronics and DVDs prove popular.
Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the Cayman Islands Customs Agency on Godfrey Nixon Way. Alternatively, pickup can be arranged for businesses arranging a group donation.
Toys must be received by Sunday, 16 December. E-mail [email protected] or call 925-2204.