Over 30 children from the island’s children’s homes and some in foster care were treated to a Merry Christmas from LIME when volunteers from the island’s premier telecoms provider took them shopping in Bridgetown on Sunday.
Some of them also had the shopping trip of a lifetime as they were accompanied by local celebrities and LIME ambassadors Edwin, Khiomal, Hypasounds and Blood, all of whom confirmed that they had a wonderful time taking the children shopping.
Children from both the foster care programme and the Nightengale, Sayes Court, Sterling and Farrs Children’s Homes were each given a sum of money and along with staff volunteers and LIME ambassadors went shopping for their desired gift.
“This is not the first time that LIME has done this, but we thought that it would be a lovely treat to again give these children some merry moments,” said Head of Marketing at LIME, Rachel Pilgrim.
“They get so many toys at Christmas from various organisations and we all sometimes forget that they also need shoes and clothing. What we decided, a few years ago, is to give them a chance to choose for themselves what they need and want,” she added.
The children visited various stores in Bridgetown, many of which gave further discounts when they found out from the LIME volunteers what the programme was all about.
“This shopping trip gives the children a chance to be independent and purchase things that they want or need and in the case of the older ones to execute their own transaction. It is an important part of learning life skills, so it’s not just the thought of buying toys or whatever but the entire experience which is good for them,” said Deputy Director of the Child Care Board, Denise Nurse, who helped to organise the shopping trip.
The children were also supervised by staff of the various homes.