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Half Moon brings Christmas cheer to SOS Village

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry
The children at the SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town, St James, got a chance to get close to Santa, during a Christmas treat last Friday.

"We feel special." Those words were echoed by children at the SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town, St James, during the first-ever Half Moon's Christmas Treat, which was held on Wednesday.

The village's 76 children got the kind of treatment normally reserved for visitors to the island when the Half Moon team came, offering a number of fun-filled activities, ranging from face paintings to magic tricks, as well as delicious meals and other goodies.

For the children, the highlight was obviously the presence of Santa Claus, who handed out gifts from his large bag of colourfully wrapped packages.

"It is a beautiful treat and the kids, they love it and are enjoying themselves," said Christopher Anderson, programme director at the SOS Children's Village.

Anderson stated that Half Moon has been a sponsor of the non-governmental institution for several decades. The hotel has adopted one of the homes and the eight children who reside in that house.

According to Shernette Crichton, Half Moon's director of resort operation, maintenance for the home is given through monthly cheques, with an annual value of approximately $2.4 million.

"Half Moon has a home here (in the Village) that we sponsor and we decided that, for Christmas, instead of just giving to the children within our home, we have decided to expand and give to the entire village," said Crichton.

"It is not just about the money or the gifts, but giving our time, and that is very important to children," added Crichton.

She said that the presents for the treat were donated by the various departments at the hotel.

"Throughout the year, we do have guests 'Pack for a Purpose' and they bring school supplies, items of clothing and such. We give from our foundation as well as staff, and we take guests and bring gifts to the village from time to time," she noted.