Kids with Heart bring holiday cheer to Pines residents

Cayman’s schoolchildren joined elders at the Pines Retirement Home last week to decorate trees at the home. 

As part of the Kids With Heart community program, students from Cayman International School, Triple C and Cayman Prep, and home school kids helped residents decorate eight pre-lit Christmas trees, which were placed in residents’ rooms. They also put together gingerbread houses and trains, while hugging and laughing with residents. 

Kate Allenger played Christmas songs on her violin, adding to the festive occasion. 

This year marks the eighth year that the Kids with Heart program has brought together schoolchildren with residents at the home. 

“The Kids With Heart craft program brings children and seniors together to share youth and wisdom while always enjoying time together,” said Kids with Heart organizer Pamela Webster. 

Some of the children first started coming to the Pines seven years ago, so they are growing up with their favorite resident, she said. 

The elders and children also sang Christmas carols. 

Pines resident Barbara Ebanks said her favorite Christmas song is “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and Louise Kidd likes “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.” 

National Hero Sybil McLaughlin was also present, spending time decorating a tree with resident Olive Miller and the children. 

Ms. Webster said this year the pre-lit Christmas trees and gingerbread house kits were donated by A.L. Thompson’s, Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and the Pink Ladies Volunteer Corp. 

Olive Miller gets help dressing a Christmas tree from young assistants, from left, Brooke Adair, Emily Walker and Charlotte Webster.

Olive Miller gets help dressing a Christmas tree from young assistants, from left, Brooke Adair, Emily Walker and Charlotte Webster.

Pines resident Michael Nash gets excited about his gingerbread house made by Emily Walker and Brooke Adair.

Pines resident Michael Nash gets excited about his gingerbread house made by Emily Walker and Brooke Adair.

Dian Whyte has fun wrapping her tree.

Dian Whyte has fun wrapping her tree.

Children from the Kids with Heart program decorate Christmas trees with residents at the Pines Retirement Home.

Children from the Kids with Heart program decorate Christmas trees with residents at the Pines Retirement Home.

Crystal Corkish, right, and Pamela Webster help resident Naomi Oyog decorate a Christmas Tree.

Crystal Corkish, right, and Pamela Webster help resident Naomi Oyog decorate a Christmas Tree.

Resident Brenda Quin poses by the Christmas tree.

Resident Brenda Quin poses by the Christmas tree.

Sybil McLaughlin and Olive Miller having a chat.

Sybil McLaughlin and Olive Miller having a chat.

Chloe Gaskill, Emily Walker and Brooke Adair with a gingerbread house.

Chloe Gaskill, Emily Walker and Brooke Adair with a gingerbread house.
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