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Dec 13, 2018

Police Christmas Toys for Needy Children

As many as four hundred children from communities across Belize City received Christmas toys today through an initiative led by the Belize Police Department.  The gift-giving effort is a partnership between Region One of Eastern Division and the diplomatic community.  Ambassadors from five countries gathered at the Raccoon Street Headquarters this evening for the ceremony.  Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett is the Commander of Region.  He told us more about the event.


Howell Gillett

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, Commander, Region 1, Eastern Division

“This is the coming together of many different trouble neighborhoods.  We have kids from the [St.] Martin’s area, we have kids from Conch Shell Bay, from Rocky Road, from Mayflower and it tells you a story that we could live together as a people without worrying about gang territories, but we have to instill it in them from a very young age so that is the message we want to be carried. It’s the coming together of five different embassies and a high commission.  It’s the Mexicans, the Americans, the Guatemalans, the Brazilians, the Taiwanese and the British High Commission.  They’ve all come together to sponsor three hundred and fifty gifts and we are so pleased for that, but we are even more pleased for considering Region One of Belize City.  There are so many kids who would not have had a gift for the Christmas and we like to bring and share it with the young people.  Not because they are living on Region One side which was formerly south side that means that you cannot be a positive person.  You can dream big.  We might be looking at a future prime minister here with us, a doctor, a police officer or a soldier, a coast guard officer.  So we want to leave positive memories in the minds of young people.”

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