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Dec 16, 2016

Sharing the spirit of Christmas with Bel-Caribe Communications

Jesus of Nazareth admonished his followers during his time on Earth to never forget the least of us, saying, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” As we approach Christmas season, organizations are finding ways and opportunities to share and to give. For ten years, Bel-Caribe Communications Services reached out to hundreds of families across Belize City with donations of Christmas hampers and in some cases, other needed items. This year’s ceremony, the last for the company in that capacity, carried extra significance for some of the recipients and for the company itself. News Five’s Aaron Humes was there.


Aaron Humes Reporting:

Bel-Caribe Communications Services today handed out some two hundred and two packages of Christmas supplies to the neediest families, as well as toys. General Manager Sandra Mahler and Josue Carballo of platinum partner Smart say this is their way of spreading cheer in this and every Christmas season.

Bel-Caribe Christmas Hamper.


Sandra Mahler

Sandra Mahler, General Manager, Bel-Caribe Communication Services

“The families who were selected this year – either they have children struggling with a disease, like HIV/AIDS, cancer, lupus, diabetes, some form of kidney disease; but this year, the staff wanted to bring a little cheer to those families who have lost their loved ones, either in a fire, or to gun violence. So if you noticed this year, those families were also added – all of them, who lost a loved one to gun violence, or who lost a loved one in a fire.”


Josue Carballo

Josue Carballo, Marketing and Product Development Manager, Smart

“Smart, we have been an integral partner of this program for the past ten years, since it began; I think it’s something we do with a heart of trying to share a little bit of Christmas cheer. So we did give part of the contribution of fifteen hundred dollars toward the cause, and it’s something that we have been doing continuously, every year; every year; also seeking other partners that can assist in this very noble venture.”


Some, like recently bereaved Shakera Young, the mother of murder victim Tyler Savery, say they will use their gift to share with others.


Shakera Young, Recipient

Shakera Young

“I still feel like I’m not worthy enough to accept it. My family and I – well, I wasn’t intending on celebrating any Christmas, anything this year; but what I’ve decided to do, and with my mother’s encouragement – she said Shakera, when God bless you, then you bless others – and so what I’ve decided to do is take the hamper and accept it; and I’ve decided to invite Miss Melissa and her two remaining kids to spend the Christmas with me. Because, even though it will be a very gloomy Christmas for me, after losing my only son, I feel that it would be nice to have her little kids running around the house for a change, and I would still have the opportunity to wrap gifts and do something for somebody.”


But to whatever use they are put, there is no denying the joy, however brief, on the faces of today’s guests of honor, like Robert.



Robert, Recipient

“I’m feeling good; I’m feeling nice. But I just wanted to say a big thank you to my family and thanks for inviting us for the ham and thing. So I wanted to tell them thanks and a happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.”


While this is the end of this particular initiative, Mahler says Bel-Caribe is not done giving.


Sandra Mahler

“We are working on a new initiative that will target children directly; those children who are in school. So we are working on something toward that. So this is our tenth year for this one, and we are coming up with a new initiative that will target children in school for after school and on weekends and holidays.”


Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.


The other main sponsor was Puma Energy. Families were selected based on recommendations and the company’s own assessments.


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