The Supreme Ventures Foundation is bringing fun and games to children’s homes across the Corporate Area with a donation of games, books and art supplies to six homes.
The first stop was made at the Elsie Bernard Home for Girls, where the SVF team headed by Prime Sports Jamaica Ltd CEO, Xesus Johnston, dropped off several items to help the girls cope during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Gifts were also dropped off at the Glenhope Nursery and Children’s Home, Sunbeam Home for Boys in Old Harbour, Blossom Gardens Children’s Home in Montego Bay and the children of the Jamaica National Children’s Home.
Since March 10, when Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the closure of schools to protect the student population from the local spread of the coronavirus, the girls have not been allowed to leave the home or accept visits from outsiders.
The donation is aimed at giving the wards fun activities to do while staying indoors.
“Children in state care are a major focus for our foundation and we seek to address as many needs as we can. Fun is a part of the Supreme lifestyle and we want to share it with these children. The lockdown has been hard on everyone and we wanted to give them an opportunity to de-stress and enjoy this quiet time with this fun donation,” he said.
The toy contribution is the third outreach activity by the gaming group for state-run homes during Child’s Month. Through the foundation, Supreme has donated much needed appliances to the Maxfield Park Children’s home.
The foundation also treated house mothers and caregivers at five other children’s homes to Mother’s Day gifts. House mothers at Glenhope Nursery and Children’s Home, Homestead Place of Safety, which also houses wards from the Jamaica National Children’s Home, Reddie’s Place of Safety and Strathmore Garden’s Children’s Home were gifted with locally made self-care packages.
Heather Goldson, director of the Supreme Ventures Foundation said the foundation is committed to addressing as many facets of state-run childcare as possible.
“We work very closely with the homes, so we have a good grasp of the work that goes into caring for these children and what their needs are. As such, we strive to make our donations as needs-based as possible; our major medical supplies donation to assist with preparing the homes for the impact of COVID-19 is a good example of this,” she said.
“We take our supportive role very seriously, so while we look at major issues such as fire safety, we also pay attention to other sensitive concerns such as the need for the children to remain occupied during this challenging time.” she added.
The homes touched by the SVF’s recent slate of donations are also beneficiaries of a $40 million Fire Safety MOU funded by the foundation and executed in conjunction with Government agencies, particularly the Ministry of Youth, Education and Information and the Jamaica Fire Brigade.