Barbadians are not letting the country’s economic woes stop them from giving to those less fortunate than themselves.
This was the report from Community Relations Officer of the Salvation Army, Director Major Denzil Walcott as they distributed 4,000 food hampers across 11 branches on the island.
At the organization’s Bridgetown, St Michael headquarters alone, 1,200 people received their hampers.
Major Walcott says the country’s economic woes have caused more people to approach the Salvation Army for assistance, but has also attracted more partners, with generous donations to the Salvation Army’s worthy cause.
“We had a very big burst at the beginning, on the 9th of November when we started the appeal. It has slowed down, but with Christmas getting closer and with people getting their bonus, and their money from overseas, more people will give to the Salvation Army and we’re looking forward to that.
“Our target is $650,000. Up to the first two weeks in December, we already had $70,000… so we are expecting to meet our targets,” he said.
During the ceremony for the distribution of hampers, recipients were graced with the presence of Governor General Dame Sandra Mason and serenaded by the rendition of Christmas carols by the Royal Barbados Police Force’s band.
The recipients were delighted at the G.G.’s presence with some screaming “Thank you Dame Sandra Mason, we love you!”
“The people who received the parcels are excited to see the Governor General… and I think it is a good thing for Barbados, and I enjoy it,” said Walcott.
Dame Sandra did not leave without issuing an appeal to Barbadians not to neglect their civic duty to assist those in need.
“I want to add my wishes to Major Wilkinson and the Chairman, to ask all Barbadians to give in whatever little way you can… whether it is of your money, of your clothes, of your household appliances or whatever. Continue to give to the Salvation Army because especially at this time of year, there are persons who can only survive because of the good will of the Salvation Army,” she said. (KS)