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All they want for Christmas

Jabari Hayward knows exactly what he wants under his Christmas tree: enough food to feed the hungry.

It's a tall order that he and his friends at Victor Scott Primary School aren't waiting on Santa to fulfil.

“My Christmas wish is to give food to people who don't have any,” he said.

“We brought in tins of food at school. We might be able to fix the problem if we all bought some food from shops and gave it to people who don't have any. Or maybe we could have a special shop for people without food.”

The eight-year-old listed his concerns on an ornament decorating the tree his school entered as part of the XL Catlin Charity Christmas Tree Event.

He also expressed hope that everyone remembered that the most important thing about the holiday was “celebrating the Lord's birthday”.

Nine-year-olds Shaezi Smith and Kyshone Phinn were equally vocal about their desires for the Christmas period.

“This Christmas I wish that everyone will get along,” wrote Shaezi on his ornament. “Nobody will get shot. We can live in harmony. I hope that everybody's behaviour gets better.”

Said Kyshone: “My Christmas wish is to stop people from killing people.”

Jala Hayward wanted Santa to bring her family together for Christmas. Her grandmother and some of her aunties and uncles live in England.

“I'm tired of Skyping them at Christmas,” the nine-year-old said. “I miss them. I wish they could come here and spend Christmas with me. The last time we spent Christmas together I think I was four.”

Nilayah Butterfield, nine, also had high hopes.

“My Christmas wish is that my classmates can learn, for my mother to be proud of me and for everyone to have a great Christmas,” she said. “Sometimes I get As in school, but my favourite thing to do in school is run.”

Nine-year-old Trinity Lekki said she was hoping her next report card would be a good one.

“My Christmas wish is to get all As on my tests and get a prefect badge.”

She won't know whether her hard work has paid off until February when she gets her report card.

Keyanna Richardson and Jahkeel Smith both longed for a cleaner environment.

“The smoke is ugly,” said eight-year-old Keyanna. “It bothers me. I want to stop air pollution. We need to find some other way to deal with our trash.”

Said seven-year-old Jahkeel: “Everyone should pick up their trash. I hate seeing trash everywhere.”

Purvis Primary, West End Primary and West Pembroke were the respective winners of the XL Catlin competition. See all the trees near the Church Street entrance of the Washington Mall.

Christmas wishes: pictured, from left, Jabari Hayward, Nilayah Butterfield, Jahkeel Smith, Trinity Lekki, Keyanna Richardson and Jala Hayward

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Published December 22, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated December 22, 2015 at 8:32 am)

All they want for Christmas

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