Children are precious gifts from God and they need to be cared for.
This was the message from Opposition Leader Mia Mottley today as she addressed a Christmas party put on by the Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust for over 100 children at the City of Bridgetown Cooperative Credit Union building on Lower Broad Street, The City.
During the hour-long ceremony, the children received COB accounts, and other Christmas surprises, such as tablets and gift vouchers.
The St Michael North East MP told her audience that it gave her no joy to be alive at a time when two young children passed away under strange circumstances.
“We have a duty to look out for each other and more so for our young children. We have to love one another and care for each other.
“It is our business to know our neighbours.” said Mottley, noting that “during an earlier period of our history we shared what little we had.
“If a neighbour had food he made sure that the less fortunate did not go to sleep hungry.”
She further argued that the young needed to be grounded spiritually if they are to lead productive lives.
In his brief address, the BLP parliamentary representative for St Michael East, Trevor Prescod, said in a world of constant turmoil, a spirit of love needs to be manifested among black Barbadians.
Today’s ceremony was also addressed by the General Manager of the Beacon Insurance Co., Ltd, Brian Hennis; Marketing Manager of the City of Bridgetown Co-Operative Credit Union Ltd, Stephen Howell; Parliamentary Representative for St Thomas, Cynthia Forde; Project Co-ordinator Dwayne Grazette and Youth Commissioner for St James South Peter Skeete.