EMERALD GEMS FOUNDATION, INC.
CONTINUES TO SERVE THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
For the second year, Emerald Gems will donate turkeys for Christmas in the U.S. Virgin Islands
ST. THOMAS, ST. CROIX, and ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. (Dec. 18, 2021) – Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc., founders Milt and Shalaun Newton will donate 425 turkeys to be distributed in the U.S. Virgin Islands (Details below). Milt is the Assistant General Manager of the NBA 2021 Champions, Milwaukee Bucks, and a native of St. Thomas.
“Shalaun and I are grateful to have the opportunity to serve, especially during these difficult times of health concerns and financial distress. We hope to continue hosting the Christmas Turkey Giveaway every year,” said Newton.
Individual supporters, companies and non-profit organizations in the territory are assisting Emerald Gems with the coordination of their 2nd Annual Christmas Turkey Giveaway, including the Office of Senator Kurt Vialet for St. Croix. The Market St. Thomas and A&R Transportation partners with Emerald Gems to provide in-kind services in support of this effort. Logistical assistance is being provided by Delvin Duggins, the Office of Senator
Kurt A. Vialet, Athneil “Bobby” Thomas, Jerain Fleming, Ivan Williams, and Kandice Benjamin.
“As always, we greatly appreciate our volunteers and supporters who help us continue to serve the youth of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the community as a whole. Only with the hard work and generous acts of others are we able to fulfill our mission,” Newton said.
Last December, Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. partnered with the Office of former Senator Athneil “Bobby” Thomas to assist with the coordination of their first Christmas Turkey Giveaway in St. Thomas and St. John, which was well received. Several non-profit organizations helped them identify individuals and families who needed a blessing during that time. With the help of their volunteers, they handed out 400 turkeys to those who were given a ticket to receive a free turkey, and to charities that serve meals to the community.
“The Office of Senator Vialet is excited and grateful to join Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. in spreading holiday wishes to the people of St. Croix. Hats off to the Foundation for their 2nd Annual Christmas Turkey Giveaway. Happy Holidays!”
The cornerstone of Emerald Gems is the Free Annual U.S.V.I. Youth Basketball Camps that are typically held in August. Due to the pandemic, there were many challenges to overcome this year. But, Newton says, “We stayed the course and were able to successfully conduct our Basketball Camps this past September. Nearly 80 campers from ages 8-17 attended. The Camp was three days instead of four, due to the timing. We had two age group sessions, each a day and a half. 14-17 age group, had a waiting list. The campers also received basketball shoes, jerseys, shorts, socks, basketballs, and Bucks duffle bags and championship t-shirts.”
Emerald Gems Christmas Turkey Giveaway
“Our first priority was to host the Camp in the safest environment as possible, “ he added. “Therefore, we established COVID-19 Safety Protocols and were approved by the U.S.V.I. Department of Health to conduct the Camp.”
2ND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TURKEY GIVEAWAY DETAILS
For St. Thomas and St. John, individuals or families must have a ticket to receive a turkey. Only one turkey per individual or family. Various non-profit organizations on those islands will distribute the tickets through their community outreach programs. For St. Croix, there is no pick-up location. All turkeys will be delivered by the Office of Senator Kurt A. Vialet to individuals/families through the participating non-profit organizations. For the list, please visit our site: www.emeraldgemsfoundation.com.
In addition to a turkey, they will receive Emerald Gems promotional items and a note from the founders Milt and Shalaun Newton.
TURKEY PICK-UP LOCATIONS:
Cruz Bay, St. John (75 Turkeys):
Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Time: 4-6pm AST
Location: Bureau Motor Vehicles Parking Lot
St. Thomas (200 Turkeys):
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Time: 6-8pm AST
Location: Emancipation Garden Parking Lot
St. Croix (150 Turkeys)
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2021
No pick-up location. All turkeys will be delivered by the Office of Senator Kurt A. Vialet to individuals/families through the participating non-profit organizations.
For questions about the turkey distribution, please contact the following:
- For St. Thomas and St. John, Delvin Duggins at 340-340-7361.
- For St. Croix, contact the Office of Senator Kurt A. Vialet at 340-773-2424.
- For general questions, please contact Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. Co-Founder Shalaun Newton at 908-500-2991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIST OF PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS
|ORGANIZATIONS||FOR THIS EFFORT WILL SERVE|
|Family Resource Center Inc.||St. Thomas|
|Bouganvillia Gardens||St. Croix|
|Catholic Charities Virgin Islands||
St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas
|Collective Collaboration||St. Croix|
|D. Hamilton Jackson Housing Community||St. Croix|
|Danish Gardens||St. Croix|
|Family Resource Center, Inc.||St. Thomas|
|Frederick Lutheran Church||St. Thomas|
|Genip Gardens||St. Croix|
|Genesis House||St. Croix|
|Hispanic Community||St. Croix|
|JFK Housing Community||St. Croix|
|Joseph E. James||St. Croix|
|Light House Mission||St. Croix|
|Memorial Moravian Church||St. Thomas|
|Mission Outreach||St. Croix|
|My Brother’s Table||St. Croix|
|My Brother’s Workshop||St. Thomas|
|Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church||St. John|
|Project Promise||St. Croix|
|USVI American Red Cross||St. Thomas|
|Villa Morales||St. Croix|
|Whim Gardens||St. Croix|
About Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc.
Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit, founded in 2015 by St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. native Milt Newton, and his wife Shalaun. Since its inception, the organization has served nearly 1,000 U.S. Virgin Islanders through our Annual Youth Basketball Camps, Education and Basketball Enrichment Program, Coaching Seminars, and Annual Christmas Turkey Giveaway.
Our mission is to enhance the lives of the youth in the U.S. Virgin Islands by providing positive experiences and life-long learning opportunities utilizing basketball as a means.
Emerald Gems is always looking for ways to serve the youth of the U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes plans to revitalize the Milton M. Newton Recreational Park. Expanding our Education & Basketball Enrichment Program by offering the first NBA Math Hoops Program (www.nbamathhoops.org), and the second trip for a selected group of U.S.V.I. high school student athletes to the States to learn about running a NBA franchise.
For more information, please contact us today.