COLEBAY, Sint Maarten — The St. Maarten Lions Club for a second year in a row has maintained their commitment to the well being of children residing at the various foster homes on the island, including I CAN Foundation, New Start Foundation and Hope Outreach Foundation. Over 55 children were treated to a bus ride to the Caribbean Cinemas where they enjoyed snacks and drinks while watching the movie “Peanuts – A next Charlie Brown Classic”.
The movie, which at first instance may have looked like just a regular cartoon, actually had a special message: To Never Give Up! The main character in the movie faced various challenges in his efforts to accomplish his goal of flying a kite successfully and in general overcoming his clumsiness to be accepted by his friends. In the end, he managed to not only fly the kite, which boosted his confidence, but his friends accepted him for who he was – despite everything.
With the full support of Bebe & Kids children’s store, the St. Maarten Lions Club was able to provide a parting gift for the younger children ages 2 through 9 in attendance. The bus transportation company, Dutch Tours Enterprises, also collaborated with the Lions Club to ensure safe, timely arrival and departure from the movie theater.
The Lion President Mr. Eldert Luisa stated: “As a father of two, I understand the importance of spending time with my children and providing a balanced support throughout all their educational and recreational activities. This is to ensure that they grow up to be prepared and able citizens of tomorrow. As a Lion Club member, and in particular this year being President, it was only fitting that this particular activity be continued. Our community is larger than our immediate household, and these foster children are part of our community. As such, they too need parenting from all of us combined. The St. Maarten Lions Club remains committed to being there for them, in the best interest of our community.”
Foster Kids with members of the St. Maarten Lions Club at the Caribbean Cinemas. Lion President Eldert Louisa is in the center.