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Published 27th December 2007, 3:33pm

This Christmas instead of giving each other gifts, the team at the Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture decided to enter in to the festive spirit of goodwill by helping out those less fortunate. Vaughan Carter, Deputy Chief Officer in the Education Ministry, was overjoyed whilst handing over a pile of Christmas hampers and gift boxes chock-full of seasonal goodies to Anne Hodge, Executive Director of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre which provides a safe haven for victims of domestic abuse. Mr. Carter said, "We felt that this was such a wonderful way to bring a little light to victims of circumstance this Christmas and hopefully raise a few smiles." Mrs. Hodge was equally pleased to receive the gifts saying, "Our clients are always grateful for support during difficult times, and this is especially so at Christmas which is about the coming together of family and community. I am delighted that Minister McLaughlin and his team chose to help us this year and we are very appreciative of this gesture." The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre is a locally run charitable company established in early 2003, which seeks to prevent domestic violence by educating the community via a range of services and programmes. If you would like to make a donation, you can contact Mrs. Hodge on 943 2422. Vaughan Carter, Ministry Deputy Chief Officer, and the Education Ministry team hand over seasonal goodies to Anne Hodges, Executive Director of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.