CHARLESTOWN, Nevis — Three civic-minded women have banded together to make a donation to the Department of Gender Affairs’ Christmas Food Drive for the less fortunate.
Ms. Shelisa Glasford, Mrs. Pamela Martin and Ms. Lencia Percival made the donation to the Department on December 21.
Distribution to people in need across Nevis is scheduled on December 23.
During a brief ceremony Ms. Glasford explained that she invited interested persons on social media to join her in a reverse Advent calendar, where instead of taking a gift for oneself each day for 24 days, a gift is given instead.
“The type of year that we’ve had, it really put certain things into perspective,” said Ms. Glasford. “We’re here as an informal group, just normal people here in the society that thought that this is something that could be worthwhile.
“In these boxes are groceries that we felt could be beneficial to families that are in need this Christmas so that they can know they are loved and appreciated,” she said. “Even if it’s not a big organization, it just takes one or two persons with a vision and a plan to make things happen. And so we’re here, from our hearts to theirs, to gift them these grocery boxes, and we hope that it will be such a blessing.”
Ms. Glasford said she hoped the act of kindness would inspire others to give to those less fortunate in the society, not just at Christmas but as a goodwill gesture at any time.
Ms. Latoya Jeffers, Assistant Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Gender Affairs in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), thanked the citizens for their generous contributions.
“We are going through some tough times right now and we know there are many families out there who cannot really afford much because they would have lost their jobs,” said Ms. Jeffers. “It is very heartening to see that there are persons out there who are willing to contribute.
“We know it’s a challenging time for all of us, not just some, for all of us, and to know that there are persons who are still willing to give I am truly thankful for that and I want to encourage others if you can, please give,” she said.
Ms. Jeffers said the food drive is a new initiative undertaken by the Department and the response has been overwhelming.
She said since the food drive commenced in November, people have donated a large quantity of non-perishable food items, vegetables and even Christmas hams.