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Senior mothers of Third District receive care baskets

- initiative of Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club & Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA
Mrs Baltimore (centre) is presented with her Mother’s Day gift. Right is President of the Sea Cows Bay Basket-ball Club, Mr Milton C. McLean. Photo: Provided
Mrs Ruth Barry (right) receives her Mother’s Day basket from a member of the Gifted Hands Programme. Photo: Provided
Mrs Ruth Barry (right) receives her Mother’s Day basket from a member of the Gifted Hands Programme. Photo: Provided
A senior mom receives a Mother’s Day gift as part of the Gifted Hands Programme in the Sea Cows Bay community. Photo: Provided
A senior mom receives a Mother’s Day gift as part of the Gifted Hands Programme in the Sea Cows Bay community. Photo: Provided
A senior mom receives a Mother’s Day gift as part of the Gifted Hands Programme in the Sea Cows Bay community. Photo: Provided
A senior mom receives a Mother’s Day gift as part of the Gifted Hands Programme in the Sea Cows Bay community. Photo: Provided
A senior mom receives a Mother’s Day gift as part of the Gifted Hands Programme in the Sea Cows Bay community. Photo: Provided
A senior mom receives a Mother’s Day gift as part of the Gifted Hands Programme in the Sea Cows Bay community. Photo: Provided
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- May 14, 2017 was a particularly special Mother’s Day for some 23 senior mothers of the Third District as they were presented with care baskets containing fruits and other necessities and then had fellowship with the distributors.

The Gifted Hands Programme was a collaborative effort between the Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club (SCBBC) and the Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Third District Representative.

The seniors were grateful for this gesture and expressed their heartfelt thanks.  A journey that should have taken two (2) hours to complete took much longer as it became a time of fellowship for both the distributors and receivers of the baskets. Parents, members of the SCBBC and friends of Gifted Hands were also glad for the opportunity to bond with each other as well as with the lovely senior ladies who shared lifetime experiences and encouragement.

The care baskets were sponsored by businesses in the Third District as well as friends of the Gifted Hands Programme Giving Circle such as, Santa's Bakery and Restaurant, Kids At Heart, Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club, Mc Lean Tours/Friendliest Driver, Life Changing Ministries, Reaching Out Foundation, Kayron Todman, Chezley L. D. Stoddard, Julian Willock, Clifton Forbes and the Honourable Julian Fraser.

The Gifted Hands Programme provides volunteers with the opportunity to serve the Community by helping to empower and encourage the youths to use their “gifted hands” to provide outreach assistance to residents throughout the Third District.

The vision

According to a press release, the vision is that as a result of this programme young people will be able to forge new friendships by interacting with the seniors and other community members, acquire new life skills and build self-esteem.

“Gifted Hands will need the assistance of many patrons to achieve its goal and the SCBBC will be relying on the generosity of the Third District Community to make the Programme successful while enriching the lives of its volunteers. This year's theme is We Are Our Brother's Keeper.”

Upcoming activities

The next activity under the Programme is slated for Father's Day, Sunday, June 18, 2017 where at least 20 senior men will be provided lunch and a care basket.

A Reading is Fun activity is also scheduled to be held one day for a couple of hours during the four (4) weekends in the month of June. Children throughout the Territory will be invited to reading sessions under the theme ‘Every Hero Has A Story’.

Community workers from the Third District will be in attendance to share their stories as to why they took on such a job, and a story will be read to the children at the end of each session. The event will culminate with a free Fun Day Fair for children who attended at least three (3) of the four (4) reading sessions.

As an incentive, they will be provided with Gifted Hands tokens to play games, participate in a treasure hunt as well as purchase food and slightly used books from a mini book fair. For a small fee, the Fair will also be open to children who did not attend the reading sessions.

Persons wishing to learn more about the Gifted Hands Programme may call Mr Milton C. Mc Lean, President of the Sea Cow's Bay Basketball Club at 542-5555 or the District Representative, Honourable Julian Fraser RA.

14 Responses to “Senior mothers of Third District receive care baskets”

  • wize up (18/05/2017, 19:52) Like (16) Dislike (21) Reply
    paid political announcement?
    • So what (19/05/2017, 09:43) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      It still was a nice touch.
      Congratulation to the contributors.

      Happy Mother's Day to all of the SCB mothers and mothers of the Virgin Islands and the world over.
    • Butch (19/05/2017, 21:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Political or not it is a good deed. I am sure the elderly appreciated it,
    • the rock (24/05/2017, 21:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mclean your son nearly as tall as you, congrats to u all!
  • Jen (18/05/2017, 21:35) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guys this is so warm. Taking care of the elderly. Great job.
  • Fam (18/05/2017, 22:47) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nice!
  • respectable women (19/05/2017, 09:23) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    They all deserve this
  • vi (19/05/2017, 10:09) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Please note that my good friend Maggie Baltimore is not a Senior Mother, but she was a good pick to receive one of the love baskets.
    • MEME (20/05/2017, 09:39) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Mags, you are a young senior ;). but you are looking great as always. Good pick.
  • de watcher (19/05/2017, 11:39) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    good job do not mind the noise
  • Third District Posse (20/05/2017, 09:47) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just coming across this article. This was a touching gesture. I think of my mom and I believe we ought to give honour where it is due. Thank God for our mothers of the Third, throughout the Territory and the world. I do believe God is pleased with Gifted Hands actions. I will make contact.
  • T (21/05/2017, 21:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This was a wonderful idea. It's such a blessing to see the smiling faces of our senior mothers standing next to the youths who made the deliveries! This needs to happen more often. Great job!


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