Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
Western Bureau:Despite the dismal economy, a glimmer of hope was extended to children at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay when the Scotiabank Group in the city did its annual Christmas treat.
"What is Christmas without our children, who make this time of the year extra special? The Scotiabank family wanted to share a day with the children at the hospital to give them a sense of hope that they'll be better soon," said Michael Shaw, district vice-president at Scotiabank, during the Christmas treat.
This marked the 11th year the bank was doing this treat at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, something he revealed that the employees look forward to doing each year, and which forms part of their calendar of events.
children given gifts
More than 50 children on the hospital's paediatric ward were given gifts and snacks and entertainment by the Scotiabank staff volunteers. The obviously large turnout at the Scotiabank Christmas treat compared to last year is a sign that more persons are willing to help spread cheer among children who are ill in the hospital.
Custos of St James Ewen Corrodus, in a brief address at the event, commended the financial institution on its effort, and said it made the children and hospital staff feel good to know that there are persons who care.
"Knowing that someone cares is always a good feeling, and I am sure that as the Scotia team participates in this exercise of sharing at this time, it will help the children cope a bit easier and bring smiles to their faces. This time of the year is about giving to the less fortunate, and acts of kindness are what we need more of throughout the year," the custos said.
In addition to gifts for the children, the paediatric ward received a refrigerator, among other specialised gift baskets for patients. Entertainment by renowned musician A.J. Brown kept the crowd engaged.