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Maxfield Park Children's Home gets Christmas lift from Sanmerna Foundation

Published:Friday | December 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke
Winston Bowen (left), manager of the Maxfield Park Children’s Home, receives a television set from Robert White (second left) and his brother, Mark White, owner of Sophie; and Viris Clarke-Ellis, president of the Sanmerna Foundation.

Yesterday proved to be a fantastic day for wards of the State housed at the Maxfield Park Children's Home thanks to the Sanmerna Foundation, which saw it fit to add some post-Christmas spark with a donation of items and paper products, including a refrigerator valued at more than $200,000.

"This is an amazing gesture from the Sanmerna Foundation, who came to our aid when we needed it most, and I just want to say a big thank you on behalf of the board of directors of the Maxfield Park Children's Home," said Winston Bowen, manager.

A 20-inch Sharp flat-screen television and an Imperial refrigerator, along with paper products valued at $50,000, were handed over during a treat for the wards at its Maxfield Avenue property.

Though burdened with a string of challenges, Bowen told The Gleaner that they had been fortunate to have angels looking out for them in the form of the foundation, which put action to its statements, having enquired earlier in the year about the needs of the children.

 

ETERNALLY GRATEFUL

 

"Last year, they came, and again, they are here today to show us that they indeed care. We are eternally grateful for their gift, and I am sure the children will appreciate their effort," he said.

Chair of the Sanmerna Foundation Viris Clarke-Ellis shared similar sentiments of her company's push to assist the needy, calling the assistance a great moment in the lives of the children.

She said that it was important that they had someone in their corner on whom they could depend.

"Some of these children are here from they are babies. Some are young adults now, but it is important that they see us as a big brother or big sister who they can depend on to assist where necessary.

"These are our future leaders in business, and politics, in the health sector, as policemen and women, and so we, as a foundation, have a responsibility to extend the goodness that God has bestowed on us. So we are here to give back to them as part of our extended family," Clarke-Ellis said.

The two-year-old foundation, she said, is committed to being a respectable community player by providing assistance to needy children through its grant donations in the area of education, health, and sports.

The Maxfield Park facility is home to 105 children from babies upward, with more than 70 staff and caregivers on the registry.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com