The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services says it held its first children’s Christmas party for the children of staff members and also children associated with the Cerebral Palsy Society and the Blind Welfare Association of Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.
The event was held at the Ministry’s Inter-Disciplinary Child Development Centre in Couva.
Funded via the staff at the Ministry who also donated toys for underprivileged children, a statement says the event saw a total of 75 children being treated to games, eats and drinks as well as a storytelling segment, courtesy NALIS.
Santa Claus, the statement said, handed out early Christmas presents to children and also took the opportunity to pose for photos with toddlers and youngsters alike.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, Jacinta Bailey Sobers, during her welcome told the gathering to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and that it is not the things we do around Christmas that counts but those Christmas things we do throughout the year that really matters.
She indicated that the Ministry looks forward to making this an annual event where children of staff members get the opportunity to interact and play with those who are less fortunate.