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The May Pen Lions Club Foga Road headquarters in Clarendon was abuzz last Saturday with fun, laughter, and excitement as the Lions fêted scores of children from as far away as York Town, Four Paths, Race Track, Havannah Heights, Denbigh Crescent, Cherry Tree, and other communities at its annual Christmas treat.
According to the club's president, Winsome Ramsingh, some 350 children were present at the Christmas treat last Saturday and all were fêted and given food, drink, ice cream, toys, and musical entertainment. She said the annual treat, which is in its 14th year, received financial and other support from a number of corporate entities in Clarendon.
"We did a head count earlier today, and there were some 350 children here for the annual Christmas treat. Today's excitement is our 14th straight year now giving Christmas cheer to the parish's children," said Ramsingh.
"And this year, we got great support from a number of businesses in the parish (Clarendon), namely Juici Patties, JMMB, First Caribbean International Bank, J.C. Bakery, Nestlé Jamaica Limited, and the C&W Cooperative Credit Union," she told Rural Xpress.
Ramsingh noted that given the season, it was an opportune time to remember the less fortunate in Clarendon and she pledged her club's commitment to continue supporting the parish with services that the Lions Club was known for.
She pointed out to Rural Xpress that the annual Christmas treat was, however, just one of the many services that the organisation bequeathed to the parish's overall development.
"Yes, the treat is just one of the many services we share with Clarendon, and as you know, eye care is our area of specialisation, and that service (eye care), which we undertake with our international partners, is carried out multiple times throughout the year," she said.
Delighted to assist
Stacy Miller, who was on hand along with other team members from the C&W Co-operative Credit Union, said that the team was delighted to assist in bringing Christmas cheer to the children.
"The credit union has over the years developed an excellent relationship with the Lions Club, therefore, when they asked for our assistance to put together this year's Christmas treat, we eagerly came on board to partner with them," stated Miller.
Miller said very soon, many of the children would become adults and would need savings accounts and other banking services, so the partnership with the Lions Club would augur well for the credit union's future growth and development.