Philipsburg, Thursday, December 14, 2017

Holiday Cheer with UTS staffers

UTS employees visited two local foster homes recently to help decorate them in spirit of the season. Each home was visited by a group of at least 15 UTS staff members at a time, whom brought in décor staples such as a tree, lights and all the other trimmings to set the holiday mood. The group had a great time decorating together with the kids and also spent the afternoon with the homes’ staff and children to have lunch, play board games and other fun activities. 

Donation towards supplies

UTS also made a donation to each home, allowing them to purchase much-needed supplies to care for the homes’ residents. “Hurricane Irma had a significant impact on each home and we wanted to assist them in getting some of the most vital items to restore the operations of the homes back to normal.” Says UTS Marketing & Communication Officer, Ivy Lambert. “While they may have received donated items already, there are certainly still holes to be filled and if we can contribute, we’ll gladly do so. To make repairs and replacements as flexible as possible, we have provided each home with a voucher, good for purchases at a local hardware and home center.” Lambert continues. “For our whole island this has really been a year of challenges and reflection where you are more mindful of the things you can be grateful for. Our team was eager to get out there and get involved and engaged with the kids at the two homes.”

Collaboration with K1 Britannia Foundation

The activity was coordinated with the assistance of UTS’ long-time community outreach partner, the K1 Britannia Foundation. The two will also be collaborating on the Christmas Angel project that will kick off this Thursday at the new Government building. The general public is invited to come out and make a contribution in the form of a gift for a child or elder in the community. The project, spearheaded by the K1 Britannia Foundation will ensure that those in the community whom may otherwise be overlooked will also get to partake in the season’s festivities.

Community involvement

“Our staff really enjoyed spending the day with the kids at the homes and were happy to be able to bring Christmas cheer to the residents and staff at the homes. I am certain many of them will also go at the end of this week to contribute a gift for the Christmas Angel project as well. We are all thankful for our employment, thankful for our homes and family and also for the community that we are able to serve with our products daily. Our team is very much a part of our community on various levels and we were grateful for the opportunity to give back. I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our group that took part this weekend. Their dedication shows that they understand the importance of community involvement.”