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We at GIVE have extended our efforts in the community by recently helping out with The St. Benedict Children’s Home in Georgetown. Over the past couple of months, we have made several trips to the home run by the Corpus Christi Carmelites (sisters), which is home to 14 children. During each trip, a group of 27 volunteers helped out with everything from groundskeeping to activities and crafts. The jubilant children greatly enjoyed the events and spread the joy to our members with their infectious laughter. From the abundant smiles to the winter toy drive we plan for later this month, the events are positive and humbling reminders of why we began the sojourn into medicine.

Further, we have the special opportunity to partner with the Special Olympics St. Vincent and the Grenadines planning team. Being one of the world’s largest sport organizations, we have the joy to interact with competing children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The National Games 2016 will take place on the island of St. Vincent on February 4th and 5th. We are honored to be hosting the Healthy Athletes Program during the games. Our ecstatic cheering and support at this year’s swimming competition only foreshadows a ring in our hearts for the National Games.

We are committed to fostering active community involvement including numerous projects and volunteer opportunities. Over the last semester we had several fundraising events aimed at not only garnering financial support but also bringing the student body together in a fun and interactive manner. Some of our events have included a Bollywood Movie Night, sports events throughout the community, holiday events, and a Winter Toy Drive for the children of St. Benedict Children’s Home. We have benefited from the altruism of the students, faculty and staff, which has allowed us to create sustainable volunteer opportunities within the local community.

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