The Christmas spirit was alive in Reed Street, The City yesterday as the Salvation Army distributed more than 100 hampers to people in need.
The headquarters of the charitable organization was the place to be for the elderly and the destitute who gratefully accepted hampers filled with personal care items and food.
Although pleased with the warm reception, chairman of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, Paul Bernstein said the charity’s funds were dwindling every year.
“Our numbers are a little bit below what they were last year. Last year was a little bit below previous years. We’re under a little bit of financial pressure,” he said.
Bernstein therefore urged the general public and corporate Barbados to further assist in the Army’s philanthropic efforts.
“I would like to appeal to the business community and the public of Barbados at large that every dollar you give, no matter how small, it will be appreciated and be used to feed the 140 people we feed every day, along with the 35 who are shut-ins,” he said.
Also participating in the Christmas hamper distribution was Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, who presented the donations to some of the oldest patrons, as the Royal Barbados Police Force band played a melody of carols.
He applauded the efforts of the Salvation Army and other charitable organizations, saying they “rendered a useful service”.
“There are many people in Barbados who are in need of help. The Government has spent large sums of money to seek and assist these persons, but the Government cannot do it all by itself,” Sir Elliott said.