Sharing holiday cheer with children and families in Jamaica
Making the holidays bright
Throughout Jamaica, from St. James in the west to Clarendon and St. Catherine in the south, we’re dedicated to helping light the world of this island nation. In December, we were delighted to help make the holidays a little brighter for people of all ages during the holiday season.
Brightening smiles for miles
More than 3,000 children were smiling and shouting with joy this Christmas after receiving the dolls, trucks, games, stuffed animals, and other toys Santa delivered – with a little help from us at New Fortress Energy. It’s a holiday tradition we’ve quickly come to cherish.
“Many parents struggle to buy a Christmas gift for their children, and especially in a time when people have either been furloughed or have lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic,” noted His Worship the Mayor Councillor Leeroy Williams, Mayor of Montego Bay. “I want to… truly thank NFE for their unwavering demonstration of commitment to uplifting lives... We are happy that NFE continues to support our children and put smiles of their faces at this special time of the year.”
Bringing families together for Christmas dinner
In partnership with Food for the Poor Jamaica, our Foundation sponsored food hampers and personal care items for 600 families registered on Jamaica’s Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) program, as well as shut-ins who couldn’t get to the store to shop for themselves.
“I am very appreciative to receive this package,” said recipient Gina Brown, from Old Harbour Bay, part of a family of six. “Since Covid, it has been very hard on us. I have not been working since then, and my son was also laid off… Right now it’s just my husband, who is a fisherman, and it’s very hard because sometimes when he goes out at sea he catches nothing, and he only makes back the money for the gas for the boat.”
Packed with enough supplies to last a family of five for a few weeks, the baskets included chicken, Christmas cake, cooking oil, canned foods, peas, cornmeal, rice, flour, milk products, cereals, bath soaps, toilet paper, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, masks, and toothpaste.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the cries coming to us have intensified,” said Kivette Silvera, Executive Director, Food for the Poor Jamaica. “It is partnerships, such as this with New Fortress Energy that ensure that we can continue to assist the many people and families who need help.”
These neighbors in the communities we serve are the reason we strive to fill the world with positive energy, during the holidays and all throughout the year.