Stories of Optimism

This Christmas, Service Comes Full-Circle
December 27, 2012

This Christmas, the Optimist Club of Barbados–Bridgetown spread holiday cheer the same way they do every year. They wrapped hampers full of food and Christmas treats (including Black Cake, a traditionally-Caribbean rum-infused fruitcake) and delivered them to needy families in nearby communities.

The Barbados Bridgetown Optimist Club
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But the club members never imagined their years of service would come full-circle with this simple act of Christmas kindness. As one member was lost, looking for her family to deliver the hamper to, she was approached by a young woman from the village. The young woman was a former resident at Sterling Children’s Home, an orphanage that the Bridgetown Optimists have served extensively for many years. Though several years had passed since the young woman had been a resident at Sterling, the Optimist’s service there had left such a lasting impression, the young woman felt compelled to flag her down and thank her for her work.

After the encounter, the member e-mailed the story to the entire club. According to Club President Shalana Waterman, the response was overwhelming. Nearly everyone, even many long-dormant members, expressed their pride in being Optimists and all the great work their club has done over the years. One member said that hearing stories like this is the reason he will “always strive to be the best Optimist I can be.”


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