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“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone,” Peanuts comic creator Charles M Schulz once said.

In that vein, Hamilton-based charity Gina Spence Productions (GSP) will ensure Bermuda's children and senior citizens enjoy the festive period to the fullest.

From 6pm until 9pm this Friday, GSP will host its annual Pre-Christmas Party in Hamilton's EF Gordon Square, in the parking lot of Place's Place bar.

“This year, the goal is to raise $20,000,” Gina Spence said as she urged the community to dig deep to help those less fortunate.

The event is part of GSP's Christmas Community Outreach campaign, which has been running on the Island for 25 years.

This year's programme will provide youngsters with healthy food items, some as part of its Champions initiative to support those left behind by gun violence, and seniors with Phoenix gift cards to help them afford medication.

“We wanted to do something unique for our senior population,” Ms Spence said.

“Some of them don't have enough insurance, so their medication only goes so far. To help, we created a gift card, which comes in $25, $50 and $100 increments.”

During the evening, there will be giveaways of Christmas trees, turkeys and hams, and partygoers will be kept entertained by the likes of Septimus, Josian Maybury and the Anointed Steps Dance Ministry School.

While the children enjoy face painting and fun castles, seniors can eat a bowl of soup and get a health check. Santa himself may also make an appearance.

“It's a very fun event, and people certainly look forward to it,” Ms Spence said. “No donation is too big or too small, and every cent is greatly appreciated.”

To sponsor a child or senior, see any cash register at Phoenix Stores, P-Tech or Brown & Co. For more information, call 707-5224, e-mail spencegina@yahoo.com or visit www.gspic.org.

Giving back: Gina Spence is prepares for her annual Christmas party (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Caring for the community: Gina Spence is hoping to raise $20,000 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published December 01, 2015 at 8:55 am (Updated December 02, 2015 at 12:12 am)

Pre-Christmas party to raise funds for needy

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