Twenty-five “deserving” families will have some food for the holiday season thanks to the generosity of the Optimist Club of Barbados South.
President of the Club, Carolyn Yearwood-Bradshaw and Secretary/Vice President (External), Maureen Dottin presented the hampers to the Deputy Director of the Child Care Board, Denise Nurse yesterday morning at their main offices in the Fred Edghill Building at Cheapside.
The women said that 20 members of the Club packed the items at the Clock Tower at the Garrison and they were delivered Tuesday morning for the presentation.
This is the 11th year they have made the donation to the state agency.
The hampers contain basic non-perishable food items and books and the President said there was no difficulty obtaining the items.
“I think the members look forward to this tremendously, this is our best event for the year. The members absolutely love to give to the children and sometimes they’re doing it for Christmas fellowship as well so we have no problem whatsoever getting support from the members and corporate Barbados has been extremely generous this year so we’re really, really grateful,” Yearwood-Bradshaw said.
Dottin said that the Club, which is a “friend of the youth”, did things as the need arose because they did not “always know who has a need”. If a member drew it to their attention that there was a family that was in need of food or clothing they would be galvanised into action.
Nurse, who along with Senior Child Care Officer Colin St. Hill accepted the hampers, told the media that last year they distributed 208 hampers, this year the list is 180.
“Every year I wait and I pray that the donors will come. I must say that the Optimist is usually the first to come through, the first in terms of a service club because there’s a gentleman [Patterson Cheltenham] … who sends his cheque in October and we use that to purchase things.
“Normally what we would do is the persons would say to us how many hampers they want to donate and what I do is give the list to the officers … and they would put their clients on the various lists,” she said.
The Deputy Director explained that it was not a case where a person was placed on the lists automatically yearly.
“Each year it’s interesting that some may drop off and others come on. Last year was [a] record we had 208 hampers, this year we’re 180 … I’m hoping that we can get the additional 28 to bring us to that mark or a little over,” she said.
Nurse also said that clients would come at Christmas time and say they would not have anything to eat it, or things would be hard.
She explained they were clients who were unable to work because of a number of factors, including disability. (DS)