The Take a Child Home for Christmas programme has been put on hold because of the risks involved with COVID-19. Instead, the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is inviting the public to ‘Grant A Wish’ to a child in state care for the festive season.
The idea is to bring cheer to the children, who will not have an opportunity to join a family for the holidays.
“It has been a very difficult period for our children, so we thought that we would bring some cheer to them through this programme”
Chief Executive Officer of the CPFSA, Rosalee Gage Grey shared.
“We will try to make contact with sponsors and other persons, who want to grant them their wishes, but we are also appealing to companies and employees and the general public, who may want to be a part of the programme, to contact the CPFSA’s regional offices”
Arrangements are also in place for those living overseas to make monetary contributions, which will be used to purchase gifts for the children they would have selected.
Interested persons may contact the CPFSA’s regional offices in Kingston and St Andrew at 876-948-1145 or 876-967-1614; the Southern Region, which covers Manchester, Clarendon and St Elizabeth, at 876-962-2558; the North East Region covering St Ann, St Mary and Portland, at 876-972-2686; and the Western Region, encompassing St James, Trelawny, Hanover and Westmoreland, at 876-979-3446.
Contact can also be made with CPFSA’s Public Relations Department at 876-967-1614. Gifts should be dropped off at the regional offices across the island. Deadline for the submission of request is Monday December 21 at 5:00 p.m. This is to allow the agency to deliver the gifts to the children before Christmas.