A new feature to our website, here we will be updating you all Quarterly on news and happenings at The Orchard.
We start with a round-up of December 2023 and our next update will be March 2024. If you're not on our mailing list sign up at the bottom of the page and we'll let you know when the Newsletter is published.
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Arts & Crafts Fair
We kicked off on Dec 2nd/3rd with a table at the Salt Mills Craft Fair, what a fabulous couple of days! Thank you to Eleanor McKnight for donating a beautiful painting that she created especially for us to raffle off and raise funds, and to little Louis Kendrew for picking the winning ticket.
Then swiftly onto Dec 7th, when we hosted a truly epic Christmas Party/Fundraiser. Thank you so much to everyone who came down to Sharkbite in brilliant and hilarious festive outfits and totally brought the party, it was SO MUCH FUN and we loved every minute. To Shannon and Mike and the Sharkbite team, to Chef Joey and John at Baci as well as Sharkbite for the delicious food, to our amazingly generous silent auction donors and our kind raffle prize donors, to Raj The Entertainer, and of course to you; who bought raffle tickets by the mile and who bid on our incredible silent auction prizes with an enthusiasm that was almost terrifying at points. We love every one of you, and your amazing energy and generosity meant we raised just over $30k! We are absolutely, utterly and totally blown away. And we are already planning bigger and better for next year!
Christmas Food Drive
December 12-16th was our epic Christmas Food Drive! 120+ families across North and Middle Caicos and Providenciales received bountiful and overflowing bags of essential groceries, baby items, hygiene products, cleaning products and load and loads and loads of Christmas extras. Thanks again to The Source for your generosity.
And the Toy Drive! Every single one of the 190+ children on our outreach list got something for Christmas, thanks to you! You all brought such carefully chosen items, and we made sure to get something appropriate to every single child. Many will open their gifts with their adult guardians on Christmas Day, but for some it was just too exciting and they couldn't wait. To see the absolute joy on the faces of deserving children when they saw their gifts was such an amazing blessing and it felt like Christmas had come early for us all.
And for all of your grocery and cash donations outside of the above too, we really are beyond grateful. It's just so amazing to know that we can continue what we do far into next year, and for those families who really deserve some help to know we can be there for them is a truly incredible feeling.
Thank you, from the absolute bottom of our hearts.
Humans Rights Commission Award 2023
In other news WE WON AN AWARD! On December 9th we put on our mascara, ironed our frocks and The Orchard TCI was presented with 'NGO of the Year 2023' at the Humanitarian of the Year Awards, hosted by the TCI Human Rights Commission. We absolutely do not do what we do for any recognition, so we were totally knocked sideways when they called our name out. Humbled doesn't even cover it and we still can’t believe it! Attached is a photo of our lovely Pastor Kenneth, one of our amazing distribution team, with our award. The Orchard TCI really is a team effort and we are so grateful to everybody involved for their hard work and selfless contribution.
And with that, lovely ones, we pretty much wrap up 2023. Its been an honour and a privilege to be able to do what we do, and we are so excited for next year already. But until then we hope you all enjoy Happy Holidays, and please know that your generosity has brought a little light and comfort to lovely humans who really deserve it.
As always; stay safe, stay healthy, and continue being amazing!