SHARON Rowley, wife of the Prime Minister, urged TT to adopt a child or a home, as investing in the children will help make this country an improved society in the future.
Rowley was speaking at Payless, West Mall, where 20 children from the Cyril Ross Nursery were allowed to select shoes of their choice. In total, 400 vouchers worth $180 will be used by children from Cyril Ross and other homes courtesy Payless.
Rowley thanked Payless for its role in helping the less fortunate and "for being such an excellent corporate citizen and reaching out to the children of Cyril Ross Nursery. It goes beyond that, because when there are extra shoes I know that they go beyond Cyril Ross, and we need to thank them for that."
Rowley asked TT to follow the lead of Payless.
"I said it before and I will say it again, that I hope that the citizens of TT. including our corporate citizens. follow in the footsteps of Payless and adopt not only a home, but adopt a child. We must remember that our children are the future of TT. and once we invest in them the future has a lot in store for us."
Manager of the Cyril Ross Nursery Sandra Stapleton was pleased for the support.
"Christmas is a very joyful time of the year, but for many families there is nothing to celebrate, no gifts, no Christmas trees, no joy.
"We are grateful that for almost a decade now Payless ShoeSource has changed this for so many children including those at our Cyril Ross Nursery."
This is the ninth year that Payless has helped the Cyril Ross Nursery with this shoe initiative.
General manager of Payless ShoeSource TT Jerus Mohammed said it is always a memorable time for Payless.
"It is the most wonderful time of the year and a very special time for our staff at Payless, because we get a chance to make so many children happy by giving our gift of shoes to those who need them most. We anticipate this event as much as the children," he said.
Santa Claus, Mrs Claus and comedienne Nikki Crosby, also dressed as Mrs Claus, and comedian Errol Fabien also assisted.