FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — Local businesses are continuing to bring smiles to the children at the Grand Bahama Children’s Home … while making an important impact on the Home’s resources thanks to holiday donations received by the Home!

Wanting to spread holiday cheer, UNEXSO partnered with the GB Children’s Home to ensure that every child would have a gift to open on Christmas morning through its Angel Tree campaign.

“We are so grateful that UNEXSO found such a special way to make a difference for our children,” said Mrs. Geneva Rutherford, Executive Committee, GB Children’s Home.

“Every child does deserve some Christmas magic and the sheer joy of unwrapping a gift, knowing someone cares. It meant so much that they reached out to us – especially during such a busy time of the year for them,” she added.

Local medical facility Lucayan Medical Centre also reached out to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home before the end of the year, with a much-needed financial donation to help with expenses at the Home.

“As we all know, the holidays are an expensive time of year for any home – and our Home is no different,” explained Mrs. Rutherford. “We are incredibly grateful to Lucayan Medical Centre and its staff for remembering us and helping us with our basic expenses. Our general expenses have risen, as have everyone else’s, despite our every effort to control them so this donation is very much appreciated and will be put to good use in the operation of our Home,” she said.

The technical staff of Cable Bahamas along with the Wilson family of Smith’s Point donated two boxes of food items to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home to help them start off the new year.

“Cable Bahamas technical staff would like to make this a tradition, and not just during the holiday season,” said representative Carla Russell, Cable Bahamas technical staff.  “We plan to make the Grand Bahama Children’s Home our special project.  This is only the beginning and we want to ensure the youth of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home are provided with the essentials they need to thrive – charity begins in the heart and for us it was heartwarming to elevate our young people in any way we can.”

Mrs. Rutherford noted that it was heartwarming to know how many local businesses like UNEXSO, Lucayan Medical Centre, the Cable Bahamas technical staff among others and along with many families and individuals who were coming forward with overwhelming support for the Home – at a time when it is so very much needed.

“We are truly seeing a community come together to help raise our children and we cannot thank those who support us in what, at times, might seem like an almost insurmountable task. However, it certainly isn’t insurmountable … not when you can count on the support of your community,” she added.

Photo 1: Nikki Waugh, UNEXSO, (third from left) presents gifts for the Grand Bahama Children’s Home. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll)

Photo 2: Lucayan Medical staff members present a cheque to Mrs. Geneva Rutherford of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll)

Photo 3: Pictured are some of the Grand Bahama-based Cable Bahamas technicians who donated two food boxes to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home to help them start the new year.  They plan to make the home their special project for the year.  Pictured are Steven Munroe, Tyrone Minnis, Charles Saunders, Devin Potier, Addison Bethel presenting to Enzy Jones, GBCH Assistant Administrator.