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Dec 12, 2007

Customs officers try giving instead of taking

Story PictureSome unfamiliar sounds were emanating from the Customs and Excise Department today as fifty students and ten teachers were treated to a Christmas party courtesy of the department’s social group. According to the organisers, in addition to giving something back to the community the festivities also seek to change their image.

Sherwin Garcia, Planning Committee Member
“You know the normal perspective of the public that customs are the people who charge you money and take away your goods, so this year we were planning and we came up with the idea to have a dinner and party for the underprivileged kids from ten southside primary schools.”

Rita Matute, Planning Committee Member
“They take home a gift from Santa all the way from the North Pole and of course we’ve — each staff member personally has donated a hundred dollar gift certificate that will be given to each child and they are redeemable at four local stores. Each gift certificate has that store on it and it’s only for clothing and footwear and it’s only for that child in particular, so the child has to go when they go to redeem that gift certificate.”

“We want to change the image that Custom has on a whole on the community and we feel that this is a step towards that move.”

Sherwin Garcia
“We want to see more of this nature of activity from other departments because we all feel that we could do more for our kids in this country and where Christmas comes around it’s the season for sharing, giving, so it’s the perfect time to have some initiative to share and give back to our community.”

The students attending the party were chosen by the administrators at their respective schools. As for the organisers, they say they plan to make the Christmas party an annual event and are hoping to double the number of kids next year.


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