The FCCA Brings Holiday Joy to Underprivileged Children
Pembroke Pines, FL. (December 22, 2009) Close to 7,000 children in 32 destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America who normally would not have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays were treated to a party planned especially for them, thanks to the Member Lines of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association and the FCCA Foundation. The Holiday Gift Project, in its 14th year of gift giving, treated the children to a very special holiday by providing specialized gifts delivered by crew members from the FCCA Member Lines.
P. B. Cicilia, Kaya Marcela 5. Bonaire N.A., Commissioner of Tourism shares his comments.
“On behalf of the government of Bonaire but much more on behalf of all the children you helped us to make them happy with their holiday gift I want to thank you very much. It was a joyful happening with a combination of all kind of games and activities for those kids. Once more many, many thanks to all the members of the FCCA.”
Tracey Browne Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation & Culture, Antigua, shares her thoughts.
“The FCCA's generosity was truly appreciated. The FCCA gave many of the underprivileged children who participated in the event an opportunity to enjoy a truly Merry Christmas.The Holiday Gift Project is a magical concept in the sense that it epitomizes the true meaning of Christmas which is the kind spirit of giving.
Thank you to the FCCA for sharing the warmth and joy of the Holiday Season with some very special boys and girls in Antigua and Barbuda”.
In its 16th year, The FCCA Foundation continues to improve the lives of citizens in the Caribbean and Latin America through projects such as this. The Foundation has impacted the lives of thousands having provided $ 3 million in funding to a variety of organizations and causes.
The following destinations participated in this special event:
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Costa Maya, Mexico
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Samana, Dominican Republic
San Juan, Puerto Rico
St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
The FCCA Member Lines are committed to working with our destination partners to deliver holiday cheer.
The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 18 Member Lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and to develop bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.