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PCJ family host Christmas treat for children in state care

Published:Monday | December 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Omar Crosby (left), an accountant at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), hands a gift to a ward at the Walker's Place of Safety during a Christmas treat which was hosted by the PCJ at the facility last Tuesday. Sharing in the moment are his co-workers Shalene Davis, (centre), corporate affairs assistant, and Jefter Clarke, security officer.
Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) staff members (from left) Denise Tulloch, Candice Edwards, Angielyn Grant and Stanford Thomas sort through donated items as they prepare to treat the wards at the Walker's Place of Safety for Children. The PCJ team hosted a Christmas treat at the Kingston-based home last Tuesday.

Children at the Walker’s Place of Safety in Kingston were recently treated with gifts and supplies by members of staff of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) as part of the company’s Sports Club Christmas outreach initiative.

The PCJ team members visited the home last Tuesday and held a devotion which was followed by carolling, dancing and interactive play with the children.

The group also handed over clothing, food, and other supplies which were donated by employees or purchased from funds collected during a companywide drive.

The PCJ’s Human Resource and Administration Manager, Kirk Johnson said: “Christmas is the season for caring and sharing our love with those around us, especially children. The Walker’s Place of Safety is the perfect place to spread the joy of the season and through the kindness of the PCJ family we were able to bring smiles, laughter and gifts to children at the home.”

Grace Allen, manager, of the facility, expressed gratitude to the PCJ for choosing her institution for its Christmas outreach.  

“On behalf of the Walker’s Place of Safety, I would like to thank the entire PCJ team for not only making a generous contribution to the home but also for visiting us and for bringing gifts for the children,” she said.

The Walker’s Place of Safety was established by practical nurse Ivy Walker in 1971 to care for five children. 

The facility has expanded and is now home to 33 children who are cared for by 12 members of staff.