Courtleigh Hotel Group Encourages Guests to ‘Pack For A Purpose’ When Visiting Jamaica This Fall/Winter
KINGSTON, Jamaica – As part of its ongoing commitment to giving back to the Jamaican community, The Courtleigh Hotel Group is encouraging guests to donate various supplies to benefit notable local charities when visiting Jamaica over the coming months.
The effort is being coordinated in conjunction with Pack For A Purpose, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization aimed at positively impacting communities around the world by assisting travelers who want to take meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit.
Beneficiary charities of The Courtleigh Hotel Group Pack For A Purpose program
- Alpha Boys’ Institute
Founded in 1880, the Alpha Boys’ Institute has been administered since 1890 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic order of nuns. The school offers vocational training in agriculture, music, tailoring, wood working, and screen printing, though it’s best-known for producing such notable Jamaican music stars as Yellowman, The Skatallites, Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, and many more.
- Missionaries of the Poor
Led by Father Richard Ho Lung and a group of Brothers, Missionaries of the Poor was started in 1981 in Jamaica. They began their work in a government-run house for the homeless, the destitute, and the aged, achieving success in opening the consciousness of the public to the needs and struggles of the poor. They continued their outreach by also working with prisoners, helping bring to light the need for rehabilitation over isolation.
- Open Arms Development Center
A non-governmental organization that seeks to play an integral role in the eradication of homelessness, Open Arms cares for the homeless in a loving atmosphere. Established in November 2006, the group operates a day center for both male and female homeless adults offering baths, haircuts, and basic instruction in farming, hair dressing, and office skills.
- The Marie Atkins Shelter
Providing solace for more than 100 men and women each night, Marie Atkins Shelter provides temporary overnight housing to those who cannot afford to pay their rent, drug addicts, deportees, and victims of natural disasters.
“The fall period extending into December and the Holiday Season are traditionally times of goodwill, sharing, and gift-giving,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, Group Director of Marketing & Sales for The Courtleigh Hotel Group. “We’re hoping that our guests will join with us in the spirit of giving to benefit some very worthwhile charities in our local community so that together we can help to continue building a better Jamaica.”
All three Courtleigh Hotel Group properties – The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, The Knutsford Court Hotel, and The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel – are participating in the Pack For A Purpose program.
Requested items for donation
- General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
- Reference Materials:
- Flash Cards:
(English) Math and Word
- Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, General Science, Language/Grammar, and Math
- Computer Hardware/Software:
- Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes
- Music Instruments:
Castanets, Cymbals, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
- Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer
- First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes and New Underwear
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, and Linen Sets
- Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Platers, Pots, and Serving Spoons
Donations can be made at the front desk of any Courtleigh Hotel Group property.
Kingston’s leading hotels – The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites (128 rooms), The Knutsford Court Hotel (143), and The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel (300) – embody the new energy and spirit of Jamaica’s capital city.
All three hotels are located in the heart of New Kingston, offering convenient access to such noted attractions as Devon House, The Bob Marley Museum, and Emancipation Park.
The Courtleigh, The Knutsford, and The Jamaica Pegasus, known collectively as The Courtleigh Hotel Group, are owned by a Jamaican conglomerate with diversified business interests across the food service, tourism, manufacturing, property management and packaging industries.
The Courtleigh Group portfolio of hotels also includes the former Wyndham Kingston Hotel (now in re-development) and the Holiday Inn Resort® Montego Bay.