Karen Sudu, Gleaner Writer
BOG WALK, St Catherine:
Ashante Allen of Magazine Lane in Bog Walk, St Catherine, is looking forward to her 11th birthday on December 31. That's because her mother promised her a special gift. However, she told The Gleaner that if she didn't get a birthday gift, she would still be happy.
"I would not feel sad because I got two gifts already, a skipping rope and a chalkboard and I feel very happy," she said, smiling.
Ashante was one of scores of children from the Bog Walk division in North Central St Catherine, who received goodies and gifts and enjoyed rides during the annual Christmas treat hosted by Member of Parliament Natalie Neita-Headley.
"I am very grateful for all the sponsorship we have received from the many corporate donors who have contributed to ensure that every child got a toy. I shopped for the toys myself. I know the kind of stress it places on children when their friends have toys and they don't have one, so I really made an effort to have the treats and I am glad that they have been successful." Neita-Headley told The Gleaner.
The treat, held on the grounds of the Shell gas station on Main Street in Bog Walk, was the fourth and final Christmas one for children in the constituency. Others were held earlier in the week in Harkers Hall, Sligoville and Crescent district.
At the Bog Walk event, the audience was treated to scintillating performances by Black Eagle and Ed Hardy dance groups. Guest artiste George Nooks had the crowd singing along with him, as he belted out hits such as God Is Standing By and Bridge Over Troubled Water.