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Scotiabank brings festive cheer to CRH

Published:Friday | December 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Paediatrician at Cornwall Regional Hospital's children's ward, Dr Tracy Gilbert, with Scotiabank's Santa as he presents knitted children's garments. - Photo by Barrington Flemming

Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

Staff members and managers of Scotiabank branches in Montego Bay, St James, brought Christmas cheer to the children who are current patients at the Cornwall Regional Hospital by providing them with a treat of music, cake, toys and gifts on Wednesday.

With their own Santa Claus and his helpers, the Scotiabank team handed out toys, sweet treats - including cake and ice cream, and other goodies to the children. They also handed out gifts of supplies for use by the nurses and support staff on the children's ward.

Thrives on giving back

Dr Nicola Smellie, assistant manager of small businesses at Scotiabank, Sam Sharpe Square Branch, said the financial institution thrives on giving back to the community, which is fulfilling a part of its mandate as a corporate citizen.

"Scotiabank is so interested in volunteerism," said Smellie. "We volunteer to help the community, which is a very important part of how we give back to society. So, over the years, we have been coming to share with our friends at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. The kids are so excited and we, the bigger kids, are happy to come and share the cake and toys and sing carols, and we hope to do it for as many (more) years as possible."

Paediatrician Dr Tracey Gilbert, who received one of five gift packages on behalf of the children's ward, said the treat by Scotiabank is always a welcome gesture, as it serves as a temporary panacea for whatever ails the children.

"The children are sick but they don't remember that they are sick, because at this time of the year they are supposed to be happy and when they have a treat such as what the Scotiabank people give us, they actually enjoy themselves and actually enjoy being in hospital (at) this time of the year," explained Gilbert.

"The treats Scotiabank gives us are not only to bring joy to the children but they bring things to the ward to help to enhance our care of the children as well," added Gilbert.

Highly appreciated

Anthony Smikle, administrator at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, said the gesture by Scotiabank was highly appreciated, especially at this time of year when children are away from home and familiar surroundings.

"As you can imagine, this is the ward where these children are away from mother, father, brothers and sisters. Scotiabank over the years has always been giving, and it means a lot to us to engage in and encourage such partnerships," said Smikle.

"It further cements the feeling of ownership by the community, which is a good thing."

The day was made especially joyful for the children and staff with the visit of Anike Morris, a second-place winner in KFC's 'On the Verge' contest. She thrilled the children with her rendition of Joy to the World and Mariah Carey's Hero.

barrington.flemming@gleanerjm.com