Staff of the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports paid Christmas visits to residents of the Family Resource Centre, Pines Retirement, Golden Age and Bonaventure Boys Home.
During these visits, ministry staff delivered gifts and sang carols as a part of the “Give Back to the Community” initiative on Dec. 18.
The program – which started in 2014 – initially focused on eastern district facilities like Caribbean Haven, East End Sunrise Cottage and the Frances Bodden Girls Home. This year, according to a press release, the ministry has widened its focus into other districts, including George Town and West Bay.
The ministry’s social committee sets aside funds for the purchase of items around the holidays.
Chief Officer Dorine Whittaker said, “Given that we are the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports, it is only fitting that, in addition to providing support and guidance to assist our most vulnerable citizens, we should be seen to give back and serve the community; especially during the Christmas season when we all focus on hope, love and faith.”
“I am so pleased that my ministry is able to reach out to the community in this fashion. As Mother Teresa once said ‘It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving,’” said Minister Osbourne Bodden.