Disney Cruise Line Spreads Holiday Joy to Young Virgin Islanders

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, December 9, 2014 – St. Thomas children received an early dose of holiday cheer last week when the Department of Tourism, in collaboration with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association and Disney Cruise Line, hosted the Disney Holiday Gift Project at Frenchman’s Reef Marriott.

The Disney Holiday Gift Project, now in its 17th year, is an annual holiday event hosted by the Department of Tourism for less fortunate children in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Over 200 children from the Division of Special Education, Department of Human Services Children & Family Division and Virgin Islands Resource Center were the recipients at this year’s event.  During the festivities, each child received gifts and enjoyed refreshments, while 25 Disney volunteers and characters Mickey, Minnie and Pluto provided the entertainment.

“Every year we look forward to this event which offers a huge dose of holiday merriment for the many young attendees,” said Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “We are extremely grateful to the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association and Disney Cruise Line for their continued commitment to this important event year after year.  We also extend thanks to Frenchman’s Reef Marriott for being a major local sponsor of the event once again.”

As part of the program, FCCA Cruise Lines are providing gifts to more than 6,000 under-privileged children in 33 different destinations throughout the region, including the U.S. Virgin Islands.