More than 100 children from the Windsor Park neighbourhood celebrated Christmas with students from the International College of the Cayman Islands and Triple C School on 15 December.
The air was filled with laughter as students and teachers from the International College and Triple C handed out gifts to children from the neighbourhood. Several children from families connected to both the college and the high school also were able to join in the fun with the Windsor Park community.
The highlight of the party was a special visit from Santa Claus, who told the children about the North Pole, reindeers, Mrs. Claus’ cookies and funny things that elves say to each other.
“All these children are on the nice list,” said Santa, who doubles as a teacher at the International College when he is not at the North Pole. “It is a surprising thing that there are no naughty days, but overall I think they are all doing really well. Their lists are all being sent to me and I think they are all very hopeful, as they should be,” he continued.
The gifts on hand were the result of collaboration of a toy drive between the International College and Triple C, with drop boxes at their campuses, as well as other select locations.
The Cayman Islands Baptist Church made a large contribution of a toy drive, while the United Democratic Party provided hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks for the event.
Neighbourhood beat officer for the Windsor Park area, Constable Emrol Smith, provided security for the event. He was also instrumental in organising a drop box for the toy drive at the Texaco gas station on Walkers Road.
“It felt food to be a part of such a well organised and happy event,” Constable Smith said.
International College Provost Anthony Husemann said it was wonderful to see so many different organisations coming together for the benefit of helping children celebrate Christmas.