Special port treat for kids

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 27 December 2012

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CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY to the Nightengale Children’s Home, as members of Barbados Port Inc.’s Community Outreach Programme hosted a traditional Christmas luncheon for the children and staff of the home last Friday. Ranging in ages from four to 14, the children expressed delight as they ate and drank  to their hearts’ content and participated  in a host of activities, including games, carolling, prize-giving, Gangnam-style dancing and even a special water-filled jumping tent. The highlight of the evening was a surprise visit from Santa Claus and his elves.  They presented toys and other special  gifts to the eager boys and girls. David Jean-Marie, chief executive officer  of Barbados Port Inc., participated in the event, serving the children and staff of the home their Christmas meals. He commended his staff  for their efforts. “I am especially pleased with the work that the port staff has done arranging this event. They have sacrificed their own personal time and I am extremely proud of what has been done here. The board of management is indeed pleased to continue to support the charitable activities of the Community Outreach Programme,” he said. Meshell Rawlins, chairperson of the coordinating committee of the Community Outreach Programme, explained that the port had adopted the Nightengale Children’s Home from January this year. “Since adopting the home we have done  a number of activities with them, including donating gift baskets for Valentine’s Day, kites during Easter and school bags  in July. The children here feel like members  of the port family and the staff really seems  to enjoy coming here,” Rawlins said. Patricia Armstrong, manager of the Ancillary Complex, said: “We appreciate the work the port has done with us over the past year. The children are happy to have  the team here and the staff welcome their continued support.” (PR)

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