Jared Jerrick’s toy drive into eighth year

-inspired by his childhood memories

Jared Jerrick (right) and children from the Indigenous Residence in Georgetown who received presents from this year’s toy drive

A young man’s memories of Christmas in Guyana has encouraged him to add to the memories of the less fortunate through an annual toy drive that is now in its 8th year.

 Jared Jerrick, though not Guyanese by birth considers Guyana home, especially around the Christmas season. Spending the holidays with family and friends here and his commitment to providing service to others is what led to the distribution of countless presents over the years, an idea that was conceived among himself, his cousin Walter Roberts Jr. and friend Czerda Frank during his high school years.

The young man, who is now a serving member of the US Army, explained that they initially donated presents to a few orphanages in Georgetown for a few years but soon realized that such places are overrun with donations during the Christmas season…..

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