Port reaches out to kids

David Jean-Marie and members of the Community Outreach Programme serving up some good traditional food at the Christmas luncheon.

Christmas came early to the Nightengale Children’s Home, as members of Barbados Port Inc’s Community Outreach programme, hosted a traditional Christmas luncheon for the children and staff of the home last Friday.

Ranging in ages from 4 to 14, the children expressed delight as they ate and drank to their hearts content and participated in a host of activities including games, caroling, prize-giving, ‘Gangnam’ style dancing and even a special water-filled jumping tent.

The highlight of the evening was a surprise visit from Santa Claus and his elves. They presented toys and other special gifts, to the eager boys and girls.

CEO of the Port, David Jean-Marie participated in the event, serving the children and staff of the home their Christmas meals. He commended his staff for their efforts.

“I am especially pleased with the work that the Port staff has done arranging this event. They have sacrificed their own personal time and I am extremely proud of what has been done here. The Board of Management is indeed pleased to continue to support the charitable activities of the Community Outreach Programme,” he said.

Meshell Rawlins, Chairperson of the Coordinating Committee of the Community Outreach Programme explained that the Port had adopted the Nightengale Children’s Home from January this year.

“Since adopting the home we have done a number of activities with them including donating gift baskets for Valentine’s Day, kites during Easter and school bags in July. The children here feel like members of the Port family and the staff really seems to enjoy coming here.”Rawlins said.

“We usually host our annual children’s Christmas party on the lawns at the Port’s administrative offices, and invite the children from the surrounding communities. However, this year we wanted to host a more personal event and bring Christmas away from the Port and into the homes especially for the children of the Nightengale home,” she added

CEO of the Port, David Jean-Marie also participated in the event, serving the children and staff of the home their Christmas meals. Jean-Marie also commended the staff for their efforts.

“I am especially pleased with the work that the Port staff has done arranging this event. They have sacrificed their own personal time and I am extremely proud of what has been done here. The board of management is indeed pleased to continue to support the charitable activities of the Community Outreach Programme.” He said.

Ms. Patricia Armstrong, Manager of the Ancillary Complex thanked the Port for a job well done. “We appreciate the work the Port has done with us over the past year, the children are happy to have the team here and the staff welcome their continued support.”

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