Toy shop joins children’s charity

Janine Hinkson and Deanna Clarke, Director of Deanna Dash’s Toy Shop Inc.
Janine Hinkson and Deanna Clarke, Director of Deanna Dash’s Toy Shop Inc.

When Miss Barbados World 2013 delegate, Janine Hinkson, approached Deanna Dash’s Toy Shop for assistance in helping Barbadian children through her charity, Helpful Hands for Hopeful Hearts, the company was delighted to join a great cause.

The story began when Hinkson met with the Barbados Child Care Board and learnt that there are currently over 100 children living in children’s homes, many separated from their families due to financial problems or disabilities. Hinkson pledged to aid the board in their efforts to place these children in loving family homes. Her goal is to raise $10,000 through donations and fund-raising events to support foster families in caring for their children’s education, health and basic needs.

To support the Helpful Hands for Hopeful Hearts cause, Deanna Dash’s Toy Shop will be providing hundreds of party favours for children attending the exciting Family Fun Day on June 8 at Art Splash from 9 a.m.

“We constantly assist local schools, churches and charities year round,” explained Deanna Clarke, director at Deanna Dash’s Toy Shop, “and we’re delighted to have this opportunity to donate to a cause associated with the Child Care Board, which is both a good customer and an organization that does incredible work for the children of Barbados.”

The family fun day will include supervised arts and crafts, face painting, entertainment, and access to Arty’s Play Park and their ever-popular farmer’s market. Tickets for this event may be purchased from either of Deanna Dash’s locations on Lower Bay Street or in Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall.

“We wish Janine every success in Miss Barbados World,” added Clarke, “and we look forward to seeing her continue the great work she’s begun with Helpful Hands for Hopeful Hearts in the future.”

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