More than 10,000 children will experience a little more joy this holiday season with brand new toys and games donated by the Sandals Foundation through their annual Christmas Toy Drive.
As the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, the Sandals Foundation’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive has been a staple calendar event for more than 10 years through the generous donation from valued partner, Hasbro, Inc. including some of their most iconic brands such as Nerf, Magic: The Gathering, My Little Pony and Transformers.
Additionally, support for the annual Toy Drive also comes from Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts’ team members, visiting guests, and travel industry partners.
While the customary on-site parties will not be held, this year’s region-wide approach galvanizes the logistical support of The Salvation Army, police force, schools and local community groups to carefully distribute more than 10,800 toys to children across the Caribbean – all while bearing in mind the health and safety protocols of the respective countries.
Heidi Clarke, Executive Director at the Sandals Foundation, explained that in light of the challenges experienced this year, it was critical to maintain a semblance of normalcy, particularly during the holidays.
Said Clarke: “Christmas is a magical time for children and this year should be no different. Because it has been such a tough time for families across the Caribbean, it was even more important for us to do what we could to help bring joy and, of course, a sense of hope through the delivery of these gifts.”
And she continued: “Our invaluable partners at Hasbro have been truly supportive of our mission and we are pleased that we have been able to find a way to get these toys safely in the hands of some of our most deserving children.”
Shipments of toys have been delivered in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada and Barbados.
For more on Sandals Foundation’s Holiday Toy Drive, go to to www.sandalsfoundation.org .
In The Photos
Students in Jamaica showcase their toys received through the Sandals Foundation Christmas Toy Drive. More than 10,000 toys will be distributed across the Caribbean.
James McAnally, General Manager at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa (centre) poses with team members before safely delivering toys to targeted children across the island with the help of The Salvation Army.