Tonge, dressed as Santa, poses with some recipients of the gifts

Tonge, dressed as Santa, poses with some recipients of the gifts

Over 300 underprivileged children received gifts just in time for Christmas at an event held at the Peebles Park in Roseau on Sunday.

The Enchanted Christmas event, which cost over $30,000, is expected to be held annually and was hosted by Tourism Minister, Senator Robert Tonge and his wife Dr. Gilda Nesty with assistance from the Destination Dominica Inc, a non-profit organization in the USA.

“This year we are having an event for the Enchanted Christmas and we are giving out over 300 gifts to underprivileged kids,” Tonge said on Sunday. “So what we have done we have spoken to the Principals of the various schools, we asked them to give us names of different people and they provided us with those names and that’s why you see those kids here today. They are great gifts and I am very proud that we were able to get those gifts, all of it are from persons who have assisted generously to make this happen.”

Tonge, who dressed as Santa for the event, said children who could not attend will receive their gifts at a later date.

He said “the ability to give back to others” is very rewarding.

He stated that two years proprietor of Depex Colour Lab, Emile DePooter, assisted in lightings at the Peebles Park during Christmas, but this year is the first time children were presented with gifts.

Tonge also pointed out that $10,000 was donated to the Convent Preparatory School for damages suffered during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

He revealed that hopefully for the next cruise season school supplies will also be distributed to children.

See photos below from the event.