Kingston, Jamaica – December 21, 2016: From toys for over 500 children to smartphones, tablets, credit, cash and vacations, Digicel brought the spirit of giving to the Downtown Kingston Christmas Tree Lighting held at the St. William Grant Park in downtown Kingston on Tuesday, December 20.
A surprise giveaway of $10,000 cash was well-timed for two single moms — Kasia Reid and Simone Simon — who shared their very touching stories on the Digicel stage. ZJ Sparks, who hosted the Digicel giveaways, gave parents the opportunity to get some well-needed help by inviting them to the stage, after which the crowd voted for them to share the prize.
“Winning the money was a really a huge relief for me,” shared Reid. “I just left the Bustamante Children’s Hospital with my asthmatic 11-month old and I didn’t have enough money to buy his medication. So I’m grateful and very happy for this gift from Digicel.” Similarly, Simon expressed gratitude for the money, which she says will go towards her son’s school fee in January.
Omar Wilson, whose three children received toys at Digicel’s Get Gifted Santa Village, said, “Trust me, mi glad fi this. I never had any money to buy the kids any Christmas presents this year. It’s been a rough year, so toys and those things never made it into the budget this time so I really appreciate it.”
Sylvester McLeod, a jeweler who stopped in the park to purchase a new phone, was surprised with two day passes to an all-inclusive resort. “In all my life, I’ve never won anything so this really made my Christmas,” said an elated McLeod.
Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Delroy Williams, was very pleased at the partnership with Digicel, saying, “We’re very happy to have partnered with Digicel for the staging of this annual event and I think it’s certainly one of the most successful ones to date. Our aim was to help rekindle hope and love throughout the municipality so this was definitely a step in that direction.”
Digicel will continue spreading Christmas joy across the island in its ‘Get Gifted’ Christmas campaign, with gifts being distributed at 22 community treats throughout the season.