More than three boxes and three bags full of toys and books, collected by the Immigration Department, were delivered to the Cayman Islands Hospital’s pediatric ward last week.
The department charitably organized the toy drive at two locations – Immigration headquarters and the Cayman Centre office – before presenting the ward with the presents on Friday, Dec. 18.
“The idea is to allow sick children to celebrate Christmas although they will not be at home with their families and friends,” said Chastine Rankine, appeals/freedom of information clerk with the department.
Ms. Rankine had suggested that the department establish a toy drive when her daughter had taken ill and had to be kept in the Miami Children’s Hospital over the Christmas holiday.
The Immigration Department has been operating the toy donation program for three years.
Presents from the 2015 drive will remain under the Christmas tree until they are distributed on Christmas day.