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Dec 8, 2016

Salvation Army Feeds the Kids at Christmas Party

Christmas parties for needy children are popping up at this time of the year. The annual party of the Salvation Army took place at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall in Belize City where there was barely standing room.  It is one of the biggest parties so far this season by one of the most giving organizations.  New Five’s Duane Moody was among the happy faces this morning.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The Holy Redeemer Parish Hall was overflowing with the spirit of the season as over seven hundred students from across Belize City were treated to turkey dinner and gifts courtesy of the Salvation Army. It’s one of the biggest Christmas parties organized in the country by the humanitarian organization as its way to provide less fortunate children with the joys of the season. Major Joliker Leandre says that the annual event continues to grow.

 

Joliker Leandre

Major Joliker Leandre, Commander, Salvation Army

“All the various schools in Belize City; we have invited them so they are the ones who are contributing here. We also have special groups that come in including Belize Elementary School; they have come and perform for us this year and then we have the choir from Wesley College.”

 

The event saw the participation of many corporate citizens who have chipped in to make the experience a one of a kind for the children.

 

Yolani Cocom

Yolani Cocom, Brand Manager, Grace Kennedy (Belize) Ltd.

“We have been fostering that relationship with Salvation Army over the years. We are not only doing this party, but we are also doing the Salvation Army Primary School party as well. We have to be a very good corporate citizen when it comes to giving back because hey, it is only that good cheer that we bring to everyone during the Christmas time.”

 

The Belize City Council and its staff also contributed to the cause, as they’ve done in previous years. This year, the Christmas party echoes the council’s twelve days of Christmas initiative in which it is giving back to various sectors of the community.

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“The Salvation Army has been such a blessing on our community; the many works that they do, helping with education; of course their ministry and then this again is an example of their charity and service to the Belizean community. It’s the fourth year that I have been participating in this event. It is very jubilant, you saw the kids this morning singing Christmas carols…everyone was on their feet when several of the performers came in and it was just a very exciting time to see the faces on the children. And I think that is what Christmas is about.”

 

Teacher Lythia Rhaburn says the experience is one that is cherished by the students.

 

Lythia Rhaburn

Lythia Rhaburn, Teacher, Stella Maris School

“I feel it is a joy to give back to our community and teaching at Stella Maris School, it is a privilege for some of these children to receive a gift and a meal and just to feel that Christmas feeling is a wonderful feeling. First time I am attending it and I liked it so far. The children are having fun and I look forward to attending another year.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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