Providenciales, TCI, December 7, 2016 – Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Beaches Resorts is ‘Inspiring Joy with a Toy’ this holiday season, all thanks to a unique partnership between the foundation and Hasbro, Inc., one of the world’s leading toy manufacturers.
Thousands of local children were given the opportunity to party with Sandals Foundation volunteers, Jolly Old St. Nick, and several of their favorite furry Sesame Street friends. “This year we are celebrating our annual toy drive under the motto Inspire Joy with a Toy,” said organizer and PR Manager Elanor Krzanowski said, “and we are truly inspiring joy, laughter and happiness among so many kids across the island.”
The festivities started with excitement when 100 students from two government schools, Ianthe Pratt and Enid Capron were invited to attend Sandals Foundation’s sponsored S.T.A.R. (Sandals Travel Agency Recognition) Awards Children’s Christmas at Treasure Beach.
“We are happy that we were able to share this experience with our travel partners,” said Heidi Clarke, Director of Programmes for the Sandals Foundation. “The travel agents do so much in creating awareness for the Foundation. We wanted them to see and interact with the students and be a part of our philanthropic efforts here in Turks & Caicos.”
Later in the week, Sandals Foundation volunteers visited neighboring School Ianthe Pratt Primary to deliver over 600 Toys to students at the school.
“Although the Ianthe Pratt Primary falls outside our sponsored school curriculum, they are a part of our The Bight community and we do all that we can in supporting several educational and recreational initiatives at the school.” Said, PR Manager Elanor Krzanowski, “Last year we were able to donate Christmas gift to the top performing students at that school, this year, I am excited to say that we were able to increase inventory with Hasbro, Inc to include all students at Ianthe Pratt.”
The group of volunteers also took the Christmas celebration treat to their Five Cay based Sponsored school Enid Capron Primary, where every students received a gift and treat as they do every year. “We have been working with Enid Capron for the past decade, and have hosted several Christmas treats over the years, the excitement and the beaming faces never get old, and it’s actually one of the highlights of my Christmas.” Krzanowski continued, “I am just really grateful that I work for a resort where corporate responsibility is the core of their operation, every Christmas children across the island can look forward gift and treats from Beaches and the Sandals Foundation.”
This year, the Sandals Foundation was able to extend the Christmas treats to not just students at its adopted schools, but also children in the Providenciales community which included several churches and the local orphanage and the foster children program.
“The students look forward to this event every year and it is the highlight of their Christmas. It is with great appreciation that the Enid Capron family expresses profound thanks to the Sandals Foundation for once again hosting our annual Christmas party and bringing gifts for every single student at our school.” Said Enid Capron Principal Sophia Garland.
Nikeemo King of the Ianthe Pratt Primary school also expressed her gratitude, “Once again, thank you to Beaches Resort and The Sandals Foundation for pitting smiles on our students faces for the holiday, I am grateful”
Other Christmas treats and celebrations included, Clement Howell High School Christmas Treat, The Bight Community Kids Christmas Party, The Beaches Staff Christmas party, which expected to see over 800 kids in attendance.
All Christmas treat activities included face painting, line dancing, arts and crafts, and coloring sessions while kids indulged in mouthwatering delights such as cheeseburgers, hotdogs, cotton candies, ice cream and beverages.