Dominican Children Benefiting from Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Christmas Gift Program
Two hundred Dominican children will be benefiting from the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Christmas Gift Program, which took place on Monday December 3rd at the Public Service Union building.
The aim of the program is to aid in the enhancement of the Christmas experience of Dominican children by providing gifts to them between the ages of 1-12 years.
Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA) Mr. Benoit Bardouille, is very pleased to be a part of this Annual Christmas Gift Program with the FCCA aimed at putting smiles on children’s faces.
He said that they have been working with the cruise lines for a number of years especially the FCCA, and they want to develop a relationship whereby they can continue to increase cruise activity to Dominica.
Mr. Bardouille thanked the crew for making a special effort each year into ensuring the children receive gifts for the Christmas Season.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs, Ms. Claudia Bellot thanked the cruise ship workers for taking time out of their busy schedule to provide the Dominica children with gifts.
Ms. Bellot also advised the children to show appreciation for the gifts given and always care for the gifts they received.
Representative of the MV Emerald Princess cruise line Mr. Mark Axford, says it gives them joy to share Christmas joy with Dominican children.
Mr. Axford pointed out that they are happy to distribute the gifts to the children so they can enjoy themselves.
The Holiday Gift Program was designed to reach out to partners in the destinations, by providing holiday gifts to underprivileged children in foster homes, or institutions where holiday gifts would not ordinarily be possible.
The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and the Tourism Ministry partnered with the FCCA and local sponsors to make the Christmas Gift Program a success.