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Santa abandons sleigh for peanut cart

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:15 AM
Yana Samuels (left), senior legal counsellor, J Wray Nephew Ltd (JWN) and JWN Foundation, and Clement Lawrence (second left), chairman of JWN Foundation, play a game with children at the JWN Foundation annual Christmas treat for children attending schools in the communities in which they operate. The treat was held on the grounds of Devon House on Thursday, December 6.
Santa Claus arrives pushing a peanut cart at the J Wray and Nephew Foundation Annual Christmas Treat for the Corporate Area and Clarendon schools under the foundation. The treat was held on the grounds of Devon House in St Andrew on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
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This year, Santa Claus abandoned his usual sleigh and reindeer and instead utilised a peanut cart to pay children an early visit at the J. Wray & Nephew Foundation's (JWN) annual Christmas treat.

The event was held at Devon House in St Andrew last Thursday.

Every year, the JWN Foundation puts on a special treat for children who reside in or attend school in communities surrounding J. Wray & Nephew's plants and operations. This year, as usual, the children experienced no shortage of food and other goodies as they frolicked on the lush Devon House lawns, enjoying the bounce-about and other rides.

Chairman of J. Wray & Nephew Foundation Tanikie McClarthy Allen told The Gleaner, "Our foundation invests in youth, and we have, for a very long time, hosted the kids from the communities that we operate in for them to experience another aspect of Jamaica."

According to her, more than 500 children were at Devon House, soaking up the fun.

"Last year, the theme was 'Funspiration', and we focused on giving the children positive words of affirmation. This year, we celebrate Jamaican culture and heritage. We made sure that while we are here, the children actually have the Devon House Ice Cream, which is something uniquely Jamaican."

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com