Adopt-a-bear program returns to island

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

In an effort to make Christmas a memorable experience for underprivileged island children, the second annual ‘Adopt-a-bear’ Christmas program was launched on Friday, November 25th. The general public is invited to participate in this program by visiting any of the adoption centers at Sandbar Beach Bar and Hostel, Wayo’s Beach Bar, Crazy Canucks, Marbucks and Truck Stop; and adopting a bear ornament from their Christmas tree.adopt-a-bear-princess-no-snow-web
Each bear is labeled with the name and age of a child of San Pedro Town on the front, and on the back, it has the child’s three wishes. By adopting a bear, you are committing to purchase three items for the child: something they need, an educational item, and one of their wants. Friday, December 16th is the deadline to drop off your wrapped gifts at the same adoption center you adopted a bear.
The list of children’s names were collected from the following organizations: Social Services, San Pedro Police Department, San Pedro Food Bank, Holy Cross Anglican Primary School, Ambergris Caye Elementary School, San Pedro Aids Commission, the San Pedro Cancer Society, the Liberty Children’s Home, and Kings Home.48 Adopt a Bear Christmas project
With the joint help of Brittney O’Dainel and Kaitlin McWhorter, this year’s program has expanded outside of San Pedro. “This year we included Liberty Children’s Shelter and Kings Home in Belmopan. We also added more adoption centers for convenience,” said O’Daniel.
Santa and his elves will be distributing the gifts to the children in a festive event at the Lions Den on Wednesday, December 21st, starting at 11AM. In addition, those who contributed to the project are also invited to come to witness the distribution of the presents, and experience the joy of giving and putting smiles on these children faces.


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