Clifton Boy's Home gets help from Beaches Sandy BayTuesday, January 10, 2012
TEAM members from the Beaches Sandy Bay Resort in Negril last month donated much needed toiletries, educational material, clothing, and food items to the Clifton Boys' Home in Darliston, Westmoreland.
The Diocese of Jamaica/state-run facility celebrated its 50th anniversary in May of last year and currently houses 33 boys between the ages of nine and 18 years. Despite its many challenges the home has managed to stay open through monthly subventions from the government, as well as meaningful contributions from individual donors and the business community.
As a means of bonding with the underserved youngsters, the Beaches team members along with their Sesame Street pal Elmo, conducted interactive reading sessions. Others rolled up their sleeves and went onto the grassy fields to indulge in an energetic game of football, while some had one-on-one discussions with the boys who wanted to talk and receive mentorship.
"With the current economic climate, we are aware that several individuals are experiencing difficult times. One of our team members came up with the idea of hosting a 'tin drive' with full donations going towards a children's home. Our target was 70 tinned items from the hotel and I am proud to say that our team members exceeded that target by 100 per cent," explained O'Brian Heron, manager at Beaches Sandy Bay.
Heron added that following on the heels of a fantastic season of treats with the Sandals Foundation, he was pleased with the Sandals Group's contribution to community development.
Irene McDonald, superintendent at the home and surrogate mother to the boys, said that they try to be as self-sufficient as possible, cultivating crops and rearing animals solely for their consumption.
Government funding, she emphasised, is not always enough to keep the boys' home fully operational. "We are deeply appreciative of the donations and I thank God for sending all of you [Beaches Sandy Bay] to us. Not only have you given us much needed items but you spent the few hours you had to spare, just mentoring these boys and speaking to them, which for me is another beautiful gift," she told the Beaches Sandy Bay team.
She said that although the boys can speak to her about anything it is always good when they have other persons showing that they genuinely care about them and what they have to say.
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