Saturday, April 20, 2024

Adopt a Bear returns for the third time to the island.


As the Christmas holidays draw near, the Adopt a Bear initiative has returned to Ambergris Caye. The project, sponsored by Raise Me Up, gives individuals in the community the opportunity to gift a Christmas present to one child whose parents are not able to do so.
The Adopt a Bear program began in 2014 and was founded by the owner of Sandbar Hostel and Restaurant, Britney O’Daniel and Kaitlin McWhorter of Projects Abroad with the aim to bring happiness to the less fortunate children on the island. It involves residents and visitors choosing a bear ornament from a Christmas tree at participating locations. The bear is labeled with the name, gender, and age of a child, as well as their dream gift. By adopting a bear, you are committing to purchase three items for the respective child; something they need, an educational item, and their wish gift written on the bear. “I hope this year will be as successful as in the past. I want to invite all islanders and visitors to Adopt a Bear and make a child’s Christmas Day a happy one,” said O’Daniel.
Anyone interested in adopting a bear can visit the following locations: Hidden Treasure Restaurant, Sandbar, Wayos, Palapa Bar and Grill, Marbucks Coffee House, Crazy Canucks Beach Bar, and The Truck Stop.
The more bears adopted, the more children will receive gifts on Wednesday, December 20th. For more information on how to Adopt a Bear and make a child’s Christmas Day wish come true, please contact Britney O’ Daniel at 630-1241 or email [email protected].

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