SAINT JOHN’S, Antigua – No one celebrates the magic of the season quite like the Sandals Foundation and true to its outstanding reputation, this year more than 15,000 children across the Caribbean were beaming with joy as they were gifted with toys and games in exquisitely planned Christmas treats just in time for the holidays.
Over the month of December, Sandals Grande Antigua team members transformed into vibrant Santa elves and helpers as they took to the communities, visiting schools and local organizations with a goal of filling the atmosphere and tiny hands with love and cheer.
The annual toy distribution events are made possible through a longstanding partnership between the philanthropic organization with United States based toy company, Hasbro, and the commitment of every team member of the luxury included Sandals and Beaches resorts.
“It’s an incredible team effort involving the diligent sorting and packing of toys that are delivered to every resort across our eight Caribbean islands,” says Patrice Gilpin, Public Relations Manager at Sandals Foundation.
Once on property, Gilpin continued, “the enthusiasm of our team members on the ground then bring all the components to life. It is transformational to witness the level of care that is poured into the individual wrapping of gifts for every child. The logistics to ensure the right communities are served and those extra touches that ensure every treat feels just as special. This is the time of year we all live for at Sandals Resorts International, and we are grateful to everyone who helps to make this season of love a reality every year.”
The magic of the season came alive at the Adele, Buckley’s, Cedar Grove, Charlesworth
and primary schools as Sandals team members engaged over 700 hundred children with games, music and food.
Sandals Foundation brand ambassador Bijahnie Carr said, “This was my first time in the Christmas Toy distribution and it was an amazing experience interacting with the students at the different schools we visited. The smiles and excitement on display was very heartwarming and I am grateful to have been a part of this life-changing experience.”
“I loved every minute of the entire experience from the sorting, wrapping, labelling and distribution. The kids were super excited to see us there and we were happy to spread love and cheer thanks to the Sandals Foundation,” brand Ambassador Tamika Hatchett added.
The annual Christmas toy distribution has become a tradition for children in Antigua, Jamaica, St. Lucia, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, Grenada, and Barbados, and the resort’s newest island home of Curacao.
The Sandals Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States, a CTA registered charity in Canada and registered charity- Charity Commission England & Wales that was created to continue and expand upon the philanthropic work that Sandals Resorts International has undertaken. It is the culmination of close to four decades of dedication to playing a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where we operate across the Caribbean. The Sandals Foundation funds projects in three core areas: education, community and the environment. One hundred percent of the monies contributed by the general public to the Sandals Foundation go directly to programs benefiting the Caribbean community. To learn more about the Sandals Foundation, visit online at www.sandalsfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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