11-year-old is Santa Claus to less fortunate children

An 11-year old West Bayer’s successful toy drive will be helping to deliver Christmas morning smiles to some kids in need in the community. 

The Department of Children and Family Services recently received more than 25 wrapped gifts for children aged 6 to 10 years from young Nadia Simmonds, who collected the presents from guests at a Christmas party she hosted on Dec. 12. 

“I am fortunate, but I also know that there are many children who are not as fortunate,” she said. “So I want to help make their Christmas special. Even though this is a small way of making some children happy, it would be nice if many more fortunate children did this too. 

“My friends all helped make this possible and I want to thank them.” 

Rebecca Gaze, 11, was one of the young people who contributed a gift to the drive. 

“I think it was a brilliant idea by Nadia as it made us think about other children less fortunate than ourselves and we were able to give them a lovely gift for Christmas. Nadia is very thoughtful,” she said. 

“Giving to this cause is important to me because it can make a real difference to a child’s Christmas,” added Anais Small, also 11. 

The gifts were handed over on Dec. 16 at the John Gray Memorial Church in West Bay. 

Nadia Simmonds, fourth from left, at her recent Christmas party.

Nadia Simmonds, fourth from left, at her recent Christmas party.

Nadia Simmonds, left, hands over gifts donated by her friends to Dorline Welcome of the Cayman Islands Department of Children and Family Services.

Nadia Simmonds, left, hands over gifts donated by her friends to Dorline Welcome of the Cayman Islands Department of Children and Family Services.
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