Barbadians from all walks of life are still coming together to offer assistance to Harriett Hackett.
Hackett’s plight was highlighted in the March 18 edition of Barbados TODAY where she pleaded for assistance in getting the basic necessities for her and her eight children who live in a dilapidated house in My Lord’s Hill, St Michael.
Since then, many have answered the call.
And today,Cathy-Ann Gill, a good Samaritan who decided to take on the task of overseeing the donations, organized a fundraiser. It was originally scheduled for the St Giles Primary School but due to unforeseen circumstances, had to be moved to the Israel Lovell Foundation.
Gill and Parliamentary Representative for St Michael East Trevor Prescod, who was also on hand, said they were committed to ensuring that Hackett got the basic necessities and the assistance already pouring in was heartwarming.
“In terms of churches, my church New Dimensions Ministries will assist where we can. I am keeping them up to date. My goal right now is to gather as much companies that would want to assist to come on board, not just say you would assist,” Gill said.
“Persons from abroad would have called and asked for the children’s shoe sizes and so on. Persons coming in have said they will deliver a barrel of foodstuff. We are also looking at getting people to assist in cleaning up the house, clearing the house.”
Gill said the assistance would continue until Hackett had reached a place of comfort and stability.
“It will be an ongoing outreach programme for her. We don’t want to wait on the Government, but we want to ask corporate Barbados to come together,” she said.
“We also want to ensure that Miss Hackett receives counselling so she can feel like she belongs in this society. We want to provide her with means to do skills training so she can make a living for herself.”
Hackett told Barbados TODAY she was extremely grateful for all the help she was receiving.
“I would just like to thank everyone who has come forward to help me and my family. We are thankful for everything,” she said.