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Holiday Gifts and Cheer Shipped to Deserving Children

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his holiday season, Santa’s climbing down cruise ship smokestacks instead of chimneys as he travels to 33 destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America. Because of the efforts of Old St. Nick, the FCCA Foundation, FCCA Member Lines and participating destination partners, 6,600 deserving children will have something to celebrate this year during the 23rd annual FCCA Foundation Holiday Gift Project. The FCCA Foundation contributed gifts selected for age groups and genders specified by the destinations. With Member Lines’ vessels serving as a sleigh and crew as elves, they are bringing the presents to the destinations, where representatives have coordinated festivities both on board and on land. During the celebrations, with guests ranging from Santa and Shrek to Mickey Mouse and The Cat in the Hat, the children will not only receive their presents, but also the gift of a memory that will last a lifetime. “You could see the happiness and excitement on the kid’s faces as the boxes of toys were offloaded and Santa Claus came to their school,” said Dorothy Dorado, youth director for Carnival Liberty. “It felt so good to see the kids jumping and screaming when they saw us coming. We left the school with tears in our eyes.” The spirit and cheer extended past the children; all of those involved exemplify it and realize the project’s importance. “Being a part of the [Holiday Gift Project] allowed me to experience what it is to make a life by what we give,” said Sherryl Bacayo, training specialist on Norwegian Jewel. “It was such a great joy to see smiles on those lovely little ones. I felt the true spirit of Christmas.”

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“…WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN CHANGE LIVES, ONE PERSON AT A TIME.” —MARC RAYMUNDO, HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER, CELEBRITY INFINITY

“We are honored, and humbled at the same time, that we are able to participate in sharing the blessings to other people…we believe that we can change lives, one person at a time,” said Marc Raymundo, human resources manager for Celebrity Infinity. Sherryl, Dorothy and Marc touched not just on the sentiment, but also on the meaning for all involved—helping kids enjoy being kids, a concept seemingly simple, but mostly unknown to the children in shelters and homes benefitted by the project, and something that has a lasting effect on all involved. This was also the effect Michele Paige, president of the FCCA, recognized: “The FCCA Holiday Gift Project brings happiness to children who truly deserve it. The cruise industry is proud to give back to the communities of the destinations we call, and I cannot think of a more rewarding way than bringing cheer and aid to children who need it.”

She encapsulated the main mission of not only the Holiday Gift Project, but also the entire FCCA Foundation: to improve the lives of those less fortunate throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, primarily for children’s causes. Every smile is a reminder of this mandate and an invaluable return on the time, efforts and funds provided for causes and projects like these over the Foundation’s 26-year existence. PARTICIPATING DESTINATIONS

Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Antigua; Aruba; Belize; Bonaire; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Cartagena, Colombia; Costa Maya, Mexico; Coco Cay, Bahamas; Cozumel, Mexico; Curaçao; Dominica; Freeport, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Grenada; Guatemala; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Harvest Caye, Belize; Labadee, Haiti; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Princess Cays, Bahamas; Progreso, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; Samana, Dominican Republic; Saint Lucia; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Sint Maarten; St. Croix, USVI; St. Kitts; and St. Thomas, USVI. PARTICIPATING FCCA MEMBER LINES

Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International

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