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Paperboy JA, DHL donate toys and books to Glenhope Nursery

Published:Friday | November 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Paperboy JA staff Jason McKenzie hands over gifts of clothing, books and toys to Glenhope Nursery Manager Maxine Smith for the children of the nursery. Looking on are Child Development Agency's Training Officer Sophia Walters and a DHL representative. - CONTRIBUTED

SMILES LIT up their tiny faces as the children of Glenhope Nursery clutched their newly acquired toys and books.

This moment was made possible as printing company Paperboy JA and DHL Jamaica teamed up to source and deliver the toys, clothing and school supplies to children at the nursery.

The gifts were recently handed over to Nursery Manager Maxine Smith and the children at the Maxfield Avenue Home, which houses children zero to eight years old.

The Child Development Agency is responsible for the Glenhope Nursery and last year spent some $38.4 million on the operations of the home.

Paperboy JA's Geoff Lewis said the company moved to assist the home out of a need to give back and to play a part to help uplift the most vulnerable children in the society.

"I have visited children's facilities on more than one occasion and I felt that, if we could help give these kids a sense of self-worth, and brighten their outlook on life, many of them could begin to rise above their harsh beginnings.

"I felt that a good place to start would be to provide the children with toys of their own to play with, and enough toys for the playroom in the facility for everybody to enjoy, as well as some reasonable clothes to wear and books to read," Lewis said.

With that mission in mind, two years ago, Geoff Lewis turned to Facebook, sending messages to friends all over the world, to enlist their assistance in collecting items for the children. The result was that parents, children and schools from various parts of the UK came together to assist the group. This is the third delivery that has been done since starting this project.

Arranging logistics

Then DHL, which has supported the project from the beginning, kicked into gear arranging the logistics of the collecting the toys and transporting the items to Jamaica.

DHL's Claudine Gordon noted: "DHL recognises and embraces our responsibility to make a positive contribution to society."

She added: "We are passionate about striking a balance between our economic goals and social responsibility, and this means giving back to various communities around us."

Glenhope Manager Maxine Smith thanked the companies for their generosity, observing that the gifts would complement the funding from the Government and help to enrich the lives of the children at the home.

"I thank you both for taking the time out of your busy schedule and for making this tremendous effort to touch the lives of these children," Smith said.