Friday 29 May, 2020

Sandals Foundation spread Christmas cheer as far as St Lucy this year

Santa gets a huge welcome

Santa gets a huge welcome

- by Katrina King

The staff of Sandals Barbados is all smiles this winter, not only because of the Christmas season but because of an overwhelming response for the tourist season.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Sandals Foundation annual Christmas Toy Drive at St Lawrence Primary School, public relations manager for Sandals Barbados David Hinds indicated that the 2019 winter bookings have been “wonderful” for the all-inclusive resort.

Photo caption: Public relations manager for Sandals Barbados David Hinds helped Santa give out toys.

“[We have] a full house. We are happy. We hope it continues all through next year. Not only us but I think tourism as a whole all through Barbados is doing well. I have had this conversation among other resorts, it seems to be a good winter season so far and we are just hoping that it continues right through the year.”

Hinds and 25 volunteers from the Sandals Foundation appeared with a bountiful “sleigh” of gifts to distribute to the 220 students of the St Lawrence Primary School this morning.

The students from the Christ Church-located school boisterously sang Christmas carols as they welcomed a Rastafarian Santa Claus into their classroom. The children made a mad rush towards Saint Nick as he entered, each student eagerly waiting to receive their Christmas present.

The Christmas Toy Drive by Sandals Foundation is an annual celebratory event where the staff goes to St Lawrence Primary and Milton Lynch Primary School to spread the Christmas cheer. In commemorating its fifth annual giveaway, a third school was included in the toy drive. Sandals Foundation ventured to the north to Half Moon Fort Primary in St Lucy where they continued to spread cheer and teach the children the value of sharing.

Hinds also revealed that the Foundation will be offering assistance to senior homes, offering Christmas raffles and door prizes throughout the season.

“Generally we just try to share as much corporate Christmas cheer as we can,” he said.

Noting the abundance of Sandals employees who participated in the drive, Hinds stated that the staff looked forward to the annual toy drive because of the delighted expressions by the children. “Whenever we have this event, we always get a really good turnout. I think they just like to see the joy in the children’s faces as they present them with presents,” Hinds explained.

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