Jan. 9, 2007 — Divi Carina Bay Hotel and Resort employees reached deep into their pockets to give seniors at the Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged a late Christmas present.
The Divi employees came Monday, bearing gift bags filled with practical items for the 40 live-in residents of St. Croix's only elderly care facility.
"We appreciate their thoughtfulness," said nursing supervisor Lorna Davis. "The seniors will be so happy."
Inside the cloth bags, etched with Divi's familiar company logo, were housedresses, bed slippers and nightgowns for the women; and dress shirts, socks and undershirts for the men. Both received soap, shampoo and stationery.
Hotel workers Shenique George and Lorraine Joseph said the idea to give gifts to the home's residents came from catering manager Karin Saner. But soon after talking about the project, Saner had to go on extended sick leave. George and Joseph picked up the ball and mobilized workers to get the needed supplies for the residents.
The employees collected more than $800 of their own money to buy the gifts, Joseph said. Donations were given by employees in housekeeping, food and beverage, front desk workers, reservations and the managers.
"It's a wonderful thing," said Divi Hotel general manger Pat Henry, who accompanied the employees to deliver the gifts. Henry said he was impressed with the generosity of the employees and the way they came together in the spirit of giving. Henry said during the holidays, the hotel made donation to various children's charities, which prompted the employees to ask, "What about the seniors?"
According to Davis, the residence facility is supported by V.I. Human Services, but she said, "any additional help is truly appreciated."
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide for those who have paved the way for others," said Divi assistant general manager Kevin Jackson, while congratulating employees for organizing the project.
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