The new school year had just started when tragedy struck the First Step Pre-School and Day Care, located along King Street in St Ann’s Bay.
Fire of unknown original swept through the building on September 16, reducing all its contents to ashes.
Principal, Latoya Braham along with the teaching staff, students and parents were all devastated at the damage which not only caused considerable loss but also set back the learning process for the children.
It was a parent of one of the students who would later inform Mark Pai, owner of Blingers department store in Ocho Rios of the setback caused by the fire. Without hesitation, Pai decided that his store’s charity arm, Blingers Foundation, would step forward and assist the school.
Last week, Mark’s dad, Mohan and his brother Mike, visited the school with a donation of a 17.5 cubic foot refrigerator, a four burner gas stove, 10 wall fans, 20 mattresses and 40 chairs, valued at several hundred thousand dollars.
“We decided to donate these items as we want the school to get back up and running,” Pai told 1962jam.
He said the foundation will continue to assist the school as necessary until things are back to normal. He acknowledged the contribution of Black Point and Imperial brands and also the Brown’s Town Furniture and Appliance store, to Blingers Foundation.
The principal was grateful for the help and expressed delight that Blingers Foundation had come forward to assist the institution.