Emerald Gems will donate 400 turkeys for Christmas in the U.S. Virgin Islands
THOMAS, ST. CROIX, and ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. (Dec 15, 2020) – Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc., founders Milt and Shalaun Newton will donate 400 turkeys to be distributed in the U.S. Virgin Islands (Details below). Milt is also a native of St. Thomas and Assistant General Manager of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. Emerald Gems has partnered with the Office of Senator Athneil “Bobby” Thomas for their Christmas Turkey Giveaway.
Additional partners in funding the effort include, The Market St. Thomas and Ade Richards of A&R Transportation, while logistical assistance is being provided by Delvin Duggins with the Office of Senator Bobby Thomas.
“Shalaun and I are grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the youth of the U.S. Virgin Islands and to give back to the territory. This past summer would have been Emerald Gems 6th Annual U.S.V.I. Youth Basketball Camps, but we were unable to conduct them due to the pandemic. Fortunately, prior to the pandemic, we were able to donate 150 basketballs in-‐person to the public schools in St. Croix and St. Thomas this past January. Since we are always looking for ways where we can continue to serve our youth and the territory and given that so many are struggling during this unprecedented time, we are hosting our first Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. Christmas Turkey Giveaway.”
“We greatly appreciate the entities and individuals in St. Thomas and St. Croix who assist us with our community service efforts, including our Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. Christmas Turkey Giveaway. We would not be able to accomplish these acts of giving without their support,” Newton added.
“2020 has been a difficult year for many families dealing with the hardship of the pandemic,” said Senator Bobby Thomas. “I am pleased to join Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. as we make the holidays a little brighter for some families throughout the territory by having this turkey giveaway.”
For the past five years, Emerald Gems has conducted Annual U.S.V.I. Youth Basketball Camps at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School each August. Every year, nearly 100 campers ages 8-‐17 attend and are trained by current NBA personnel. Campers have also received basketball shoes, jerseys, shorts, socks, basketballs and backpacks. The annual basketball camp is provided free of charge to all who participate.
In the future, Emerald Gems has plans to be instrumental in revitalizing selected U.S.V.I. recreational parks, starting with the Milton M. Newton Recreational Park, and launching the first NBA Math Hoops Program (www.nbamathhoops.org) in the U.S.V.I. Emerald Gems will also offer their second Education & Basketball Enrichment Program Trip for a selected group of U.S.V.I. high school student athletes to travel to the States to learn about running a NBA franchise.
EMERALD GEMS CHRISTMAS TURKEY GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Individuals and/or families must have a ticket to receive a turkey. Various non-profit organizations in St. Thomas and St. John will distribute the tickets through their community outreach programs. A full list of the participating non-profits are listed below:
2020 Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. Christmas Turkey Giveaway Participating Non-Profits Organizations
(The participating organizations will receive the tickets for the turkey on Wednesday, 12/16th)
|Organizations||Phone Number||Contact Person(s)||Serves|
|My Brother’s Workshop||340-715-2769||Nakeba Stewart||St. Thomas|
|Frederick Lutheran Church||340-776-1315||Pastor Merle Malone and Ms. Forbes||St. Thomas|
|Memorial Moravian Church||340-776-0066||Pastor Cortroy Jarvis and Ms. Lewis||St. Thomas|
|Holy Family Church||340-775-1650||Allison Callwood||St. Thomas|
|USVI American Red Cross||340-774-0375||Patricia Swan||St. Thomas|
|Catholic Charities Virgin Islands||340-777-8518||Andrea Schillingford||St. John and St. Thomas|
|Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church||340-776-6339||Simonia Dagou||St. John|
In addition to a turkey, they will receive one or two Emerald Gems face masks and a note from the founders Milt and Shalaun Newton.
TURKEY PICK-UP LOCATIONS:
For Cruz Bay, St. John (100 Turkeys):
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Time: 11-1pm AST
Location: Bureau Motor Vehicles Parking Lot
For St. Thomas (300 Turkeys):
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Time: 3-5pm AST
Location: Fort Christian Parking Lot
For questions about the turkey distribution, please contact the Office of Senator Bobby Thomas at 340-693-3515.
For general questions, please contact Emerald Gems Foundation, Inc. Co-Founder Shalaun Newton at 908-500-2991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 450 U.S. Virgin Islands children through our Annual Youth Basketball Camps, Education and Basketball Enrichment Program, as well as our Coaching Seminars.
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.
For more information, please contact us today.