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Human Services Sponsors Christmas Fun Day For Foster Kids On St. Thomas

HOLIDAY SPIRIT: An employee of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) reads to the children.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Some 400 DHS students received gifts from a three-day jubilee sponsored by the United States Virgin Islands Law Enforcement led by the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI), Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) in collaboration with the Department of Tourism and the International Capital Management Company (ICMC).

These annual events contributed to a positive experience for each child this holiday season. “I am truly appreciative of all the hard work that our head start and foster care units have done to ensure that our children in the Department of Human Services programs experience a great holiday this season,” said Commissioner Designee Anita Roberts.

“The smiles on their faces are priceless.” ICMC’s started the week off with its Fourth Annual Christmas Party at both DHS’ Head Start locations. The staff sang Christmas carols to the students and asked the children to join in to ensure that Santa Claus heard them.

As the children sang at the top of their lungs, Santa entered the room. The FCCA and the Department of Tourism presented the Fifteenth Annual Christmas party at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Resort, DHS Head Start and Foster Care children who were visited by Disney’s famous couple, Mickey and Mini Mouse.

The Christmas Party events culminated at the DHS Head Start building in Sugar Estate Complex when Santa Claus, his elves and Captain America visited yesterday morning.

To the joy of the students during the visit, they were exposed to different aspects of law enforcement: the FBI, Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), Customs Border Patrol (CPB), and the Virgin Islands Fire Department (VIFD).

PLAY DAY: The kids got to play in a fire truck as well … every child’s dream!

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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