by LaShawna Griffith
Dozens of families, struggling to outfit their children with the clothing, books and supplies for primary and secondary school in a tough economy, are getting cash assistance from the Salvation Army.
Some 80 families assembled at the Army’s headquarters in Reed Street, The City, for a small ceremony to receive vouchers for school supplies.
The vouchers were a joint partnership between the Salvation Army, CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, and Bridgetown stores Eddy Abed and Cave Shepherd.
Despite the current economic hard times, the Army said it was pleased to continue the back-to-school programme, said Divisional Business Manager Sherma Evelyn.
“We have looked at 80 families who are in need to go back to school in another week,” Evelyn said, adding that from its inception here the Salvation Army has always catered to the less fortunate in society.
“The Salvation Army across the island has always opened their doors to persons who are most in need and we partner with many corporate players and Government to meet those needs as much as we can. We are grateful for CIBC to come on board with us,” she said.
Managing Director of Abeds said that this year there has been an increased need for families to receive help with back to school supplies.
“The level of need has never been greater in my opinion in what I am seeing for back to school,” Abed said. He said that his company will continue to support the Salvation Army as they appreciate the work done by the Salvation Army’s stalwarts like Major Denzil Walcott.
Associate Director of Cards Issuing at CIBC First Caribbean International Bank Jennifer Fuller said that the company was happy to partner with the Salvation Army and assist with the Back to School Programme.
“We are very happy to share this presentation with you The Salvation Army because we sure can appreciate the effort that is put in to ensure that children who are deserving of our help get the assistance they need for back to school,” Fuller said.