Sections of the hospitality sector are known for their generosity, for giving back to their communities and bringing smiles to so many faces. Here are highlights from a few of their holiday treats this year.
Sandals is ‘Here for you’
In addition to their annual Christmas toy distribution, the Sandals Foundation this year decided to distribute care packages to some 600 families across the region. The goal was to bring hope to those facing challenges exacerbated by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
“There is no doubt that so many families across the world have endured tremendous challenges this past year and it has been no different here in the Caribbean. This is our home, our people and it is therefore our duty to continue playing our part and share a sense of hope to those in our communities who need it most,” said Adam Stewart, executive chairman of Sandals Resorts International and president of the Sandals Foundation.
The foundation partnered with Rotary Clubs, local grocers, entertainment management companies, support service organisations and community outreach groups to get help to those who were in need.
Couples Tower Isle hosts treat for Three Hills Primary
Charmaine Bailey, operations manager of Couples Tower Isle (third right), headed a team from the resort that hosted a Christmas treat for children of Three Hills Primary School in Three Hills, St Mary.
The school’s principal, Slean Harris (far right in photo below), was thrilled as the event had to be cancelled last year due to restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The children were delighted with the ice cream and cake offered and each child received a package with school and art supplies.
Three Hills Primary has regularly benefited from funds raised at the Couples Resorts Ocho Rios Charity Golf Tournament, held every January. In 2019, a state of the art computer room — complete with 10 computers, desks and chairs and an overhead projector — was donated to the school. The gift was valued at $4.4 million.
From Half Moon with love
The usual fun and games during quarterly visits to the SOS Children’s Village and the Granville Girls Home were not always possible this year because of COVID-19 restrictions but the Half Moon Foundation made up for that this Christmas!
Staff members and guests were encouraged to donate gifts and every child had a gaily wrapped present. Plus ice cream and cake!
“We could not let the year end without letting them know we are still here and we care for them,” said Marketing Communications Manager Sheraine Reid.