FRIDAY DECEMBER 16, 2022: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO- Christmas is frequently publicised as a time for children. However, Digicel Customer Experience Agent, Nicolette Sandiford was determined to bring some Christmas joy to the seniors in her community with a TT$10,000 grant she received through the Digicel Foundation’s “#CommunityEveryting” Christmas 2023 initiative.
Nicolette was one of the five Digicel team members who received a TT$10, 000 grant to implement a Christmas project in their community. She used her funding last weekend to contribute toward an annual treat for senior citizens in the Enterprise, Chaguanas community. This was done in partnership with Mt Paran Spiritual Baptist Church. Nicolette was able to provide 108 food hampers to those most in need. The hamper distribution was done alongside the Church’s 16 year tradition of treating seniors in the community annually to a gala style Christmas luncheon. Each hamper included rice, soap, peas, bathroom tissue, oil, sugar, other essentials and a 25lb bag of flour. Nicolette said, “Christmas is a time of sharing and giving and showing appreciation. It was a blessing and a joy to honour and show appreciation to the older adults in our lives. We learn things every day from their life experiences. It was heart-warming to see the smiles on their faces during the event.”
Spiritual mother at the Mt Paran Church -Sister Anna shared, “We’ve been doing this for 16 years. COVID prevented us from doing it in the last two years.” She expressed gratitude for the contribution that they received from Nicolette by saying, “It just made it all easier. Usually we rely on donations and in kind support from others, so this grant came in handy and the seniors’ deserve to be treated.”
The seniors who were attending the luncheon were encouraged to dress the part and strut their outfits with the hope of copping three consolation prizes for best dressed female and male.