For the third consecutive year, the CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Christmas Caravan has gone out into the community to share gifts and spread good cheer.
“We believe that it is our duty to give back to our communities and while we do so in many tangible ways through our sponsorships and donations throughout the year, we try to do more at Christmas. This year the Christmas Caravan will donate $20,000,” said the bank’s Country Head, Ladesa James-Williams
Prior to the Christmas Caravan leaving the bank’s Old Parham Road branch, donations of $1,500 each were made to the Black Boys Foundation and the Nolan Hue Foundation, two organisations whose voluntary work centres on boys and young men.
Both Tyreke Thomas-Horsford of the Black Boys Foundation and Regis Burton of the Nolan Hue Foundation expressed their thanks and appreciation for recognising the work that they do in the community.
The Caravan, bearing members of staff, with music, gifts and cash then made its first stop at the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital to present, among other things, a cheque for $5,000.
The next stop was the Fiennes Institute, a home for senior citizens, where the bank made a donation of $5,000 and surprise gifts.
The presentation was accepted by Health and Wellness minister, Sir Molwyn Joseph, who was attending the home’s staff party.
The final stop was the Soup Kitchen where the bank presented a cheque and serving utensils, cookies and snacks in support of this essential service to the needy.
“We started this initiative of the Christmas Caravan in 2020 to ease the pressures brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and it was such a rewarding experience for all of us, that we just had to keep doing it,” said James-Williams.