By Marlana Bethel
For the second year in a row the residents of Scotland Cay were privileged to share their Christmas season with some of the North Abaco residents. This year the Scotland Cay homeowners were well prepared to play Santa’s Elves as this was their 6th trip up the North Abaco Shore and have gotten to know some of the residents very well.
Guide and host, Wellington Pinder, once again joined on the trip and played a key role in making sure that all the relevant details were given to personalize the Christmas surprises. For weeks the residents of Scotland Cay shopped, wrapped, and stuffed stockings to prepare for the visit to the Northern communities.
With 2 rental vans loaded with people, gifts, and Christmas dinners the group headed north on the morning of Dec 22. Along the way they met up with Wellington and Angie (from the North Abaco Potcake Rescue) so they could accompany on the journey. There were numerous families, elderly, and housebound individuals on the carefully planned out route.
As with any of the best laid plans, they were soon off our schedule as the excitement of the visit grew through the communities. At one point they parked in front of one of the regular visits when a small (tiny would be a better description) blue car pulled up behind. There were two men in the front and suddenly the back doors open and four little children came running out. They made a beeline for the group and ever so politely inquired if they were the people giving out the Christmas candy.
Experience has taught to always expect new faces on each visit so the group had come prepared with extra toys and candy to give out. These four ever hopeful faces lit up as little gifts and candy for each of them was provided. With prizes in hand they thanked the group and ran back to their car and away they went. As they left to head in the direction of the next visit they were hailed by two women along the road who each had a child. News spreads quickly in these close communities.
The Scotland Cay homeowners were soon back on track. They spent the day handing out turkeys and spiral hams, boxes of food for Christmas dinners, gifts, stockings, candy galore, and even homemade pumpkin cakes. They were greeted by the wonderful people who they have come to know such as Ms. Flo, Ms. Birdy, Ms. Jessica, Mr. Joe, Mr. Craig, Ms. Inita, and so many more. There were new names and new faces to add as well for next year.
Even the canine population enjoyed the visit as Angie used this occasion to visit and leave food for the dogs she visits on a weekly basis. Doggie treats were offered to furry friends along the way.
At one point a police officer pulled up. He greeted everyone warmly and expressed his appreciation for the efforts in the community. His kind words were heartwarming and brought smiles all around.
A special ‘thank you’ is given to Ms. Birdy who provided a delicious lunch during the last visit.