Residents of the Richmond Home for the Elderly were blessed with cheers and goodies for the Christmas season, as the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Criminal Records Office (CRO) of the Royal Grenada Police Force teamed up for the act.
The officers all dressed in blue and white and topped off with their Christmas hats visited at the home on December 22 from 10.00 a.m. singing carols and helping to create the Christmas atmosphere for the residents.
Baskets filled with toiletries and fruits were handed over to the home – an act that the two Police departments believe will go a long way in bringing smiles on the faces of the residents.
Second-in-command at CID, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Earl Dunbar was given the responsibility to hand over the baskets of gifts to Health Services Administrator, Anthony Kester Cyrus.
According to ASP Dunbar, it was the first time that the departments had engaged in such an initiative and it gave the lawmen great satisfaction to bring smiles on the faces of the residents smile and some comfort to them for the Christmas season.
“I want to say thanks and how happy we are to be here this morning to make this presentation to this institution…we would like to present to Mr. Cyrus, the Health Services Administrator, these baskets of items for use by the residents as we celebrate the Christmas season”, he said.
“Christmas is a time for sharing, it’s a time for family, friends and loved ones and hence we are here not only just for the presentation but also to bring cheer and joy to the residents. So, I do hope that our presence here would fill their hearts with joy…it is not how much you give but it’s how much love we put into giving”, he added.
The Health Services Administrator at the home was delighted to accept the package on behalf of the residents of the home.
He said: “I listened carefully and you said it’s a small gift, if this gift is (a) small gift, I am really looking forward to the bigger gift next year. We are so happy because those that you have given us, it would go such a long way in assisting us in caring for our residents at the Richmond Home and you know this is the season where persons give and persons reach out and we are so happy that the CID and the Criminal Records Office have seen the need of listening to us”.
The police officers also used the visit to have catered lunched delivered to the residents as part of the goodies for the Christmas.