The Lions Club of Tortola on Saturday, December 18th conducted an island-wide delivery of more than 120 Christmas Hampers to the needy, shut-ins and elderly across Tortola.
The Christmas Hampers were donated by members of the public during a series of food drives at various local supermarkets in November as well as from corporate sponsors.
President of the Tortola Lions Club, Kevin Fahie said the hampers consisted of staple food items and the beneficiaries were selected based on their needs by members of the Club or from the public who made recommendations.
“It is a great opportunity for the Club, especially having the Governor join us as we presented the Christmas Hampers. Itis a great initiative, and I think we are definitely going to touch some families with the food drive.”
The Club’s President informed that the Social Development Department and Family Support Network are also slated to receive donations.
In the meantime, the Club will be moving towards the Toy Drive on Christmas Eve, December 24th, “first thing in the morning.”
He informed that the club will be moving from community to community to hand-deliver the gifts to children on a lively Christmas musical train. President Fahie said the gifts will be split with Tree of Hands a non-profit organization headed by Alexandra Durante.
Tree of Hands will be delivering gifts on the eastern end of Tortola, while the Club will handle the western end of the island. He said the Club is hoping to deliver at least over 1,000 gifts.
Among others, companies such as Road Town Wholesale Limited, Maples, Alphonso Warner Insurance Agency, Conyers, CITCO, Flow, Dancia Penn, BCQS, iSmart, Hire BVI, Paint Factory, as well as Governor John Rankin have donated gifts to the cause. Additional gifts are expected during the week from additional corporate partners.
Collection boxes were also placed at a number of locations such as RTW Cash and Carry, Caribbean Cellars Limited, Five Girls, J&C Trading, OneMart Super Store, Clarence Thomas Limited, Bolos Department Store, Island Services and iSmart, where the public were invited to donate a toy.