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Inside the Municipal Corporation: Mayor to take a child home for Christmas

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer
Mayor of Port Maria Richard Creary.


Mayor of Port Maria Richard Creary is showing a heart this Christmas. Creary says he has applied to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) to be part of the Take a Child Home for Christmas programme, and hopes his application will be approved.

The CPFSA started the programme 10 years ago, in which persons are allowed to host a child from state care at their home for a while during the Christmas season.

Addressing the monthly meeting of the St Mary Municipal Corporation on Tuesday in Port Maria, Creary also encouraged other councillors to do the same, even though the deadline for application was just a day away.

"That, in and of itself, will let those persons (in state care) know that somebody cares," Creary said ."You can be a positive influence on such children, so I am recommending that to those of us who are in a position to do so."

But just in case they are not able to, the mayor encouraged: "Apart from that, just try and be kind, if it's even to one person during the holiday period. It's not all about just enjoying yourself, but let us think about those who don't have what it takes to enjoy themselves."

The Take a Child Home for Christmas programme springs from the CPFSA's Foster Care programme and caters to children three to 18 years old, especially those without parents or guardians who could take them home for the holidays.

The programme helps in the holistic development of children who are fortunate enough to participate.