FRIDAY DECEMBER 31, 2021: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – Last week 550 children from Wallerfield and Barataria received toys and goodies as part of Digicel Foundation’s #sharemore Christmas initiative. Martin’s Taxi Service and Councillor for Barataria Kimberly Small received TT$13,500 to provide holiday treats for children in rural Wallerfield and Barataria respectively.
Martin’s Taxi Service used his $6,750 in funding and partnered with Councillor for Wallerfield/La Horquetta Kerry-Anne Roberts-Kasmally, to treat 350 children with toys and other seasonal goodies at the Hill Activity Centre in Wallerfield. “The children were surprised and overjoyed,” said Councillor Roberts-Kasmally. “I really have to thank Mr Martin and Digicel Foundation for helping my office make the season a happy one for these children.”
Meanwhil, Councillor for Barataria, Kimberly Small used her funding to support the community’s annual Toy and Food Hampers drive for families in the community. The party for 200 children took place on Saturday 18th December at the Barataria Community Center. In keeping with COVID protocols, families were given specific time slots and came with the children to collect their Christmas treat bags and gifts, and to take pictures with Santa.
Councillor Small, also distributed 33 hampers to families in need. “Thanks to Digicel Foundation, we had our full Christmas Food drive and Hamper distribution this year,” said Ms Small. “I think these events were even more deeply appreciated than usual, because of the pandemic situation.”
Digicel Foundation launched its #ShareMore Christmas initiative on December 1, 2021. The aim was to bless communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago with Christmas cheer and joy inspite of the uncertain times. With an investment of TT$148,190 Digicel Foundation was able to facilitate #sharemore activities for the three special schools in Tobago, the Trini Christmas Market in Perseverance Village Chaguanas, Food Hampers for Marabella and Toys and community treats in Wallerfield and Barataria. Additionally, the Foundation awarded 12 Digicel team members with $5,000 each to #sharemore with their respective communities.