Giving and receiving are important to some people at Christmas but the friendships formed and renewed in the process bring even greater joy for others.
This was evident recently as the staff at CO Williams Construction made their annual contribution to the Child Care Board. Six hampers filled with toiletries, groceries and even sweet potatoes from Lears Plantation were given to three less fortunate Barbadian families.
CO Williams’ payroll officer, Sharon Carew-White, who said their relationship began with just a pound cake, was extremely pleased that not only did the staff give to a special cause, but also because the initiative built a high level of camaraderie between all members of staff.
“The best part of giving is knowing the whole staff do enjoy giving… It was a real team effort as we got both the outside and inside staff working together so it is not only giving to Child Care Board but also getting the camaraderie at work. So hopefully next year we can continue to give to the others,” she said.
Deputy Director of the Child Care Board, Denise Nurse, was extremely appreciative of the donation. She said she believed that not many people were aware of or understood the hardships which a lot of Barbadians were experiencing.
“What used to happen was officers would pull their pockets and give clients†a $20, $50 – something like that to help at Christmas.†For me at Christmas it will be harder and I think Christmas is a joyous time and I want the Child Care Board to be able to give back to our clients … It is really a happy moment for us at the Child Care Board because it means that we are bringing smiles to families that we work with because these hampers go to our clients in the communities.” (KC)