The Grand Fond community, through the ‘Pack a barrel’ initiative, raised and donated over $EC10,000 worth of food and clothing items to the people affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.
The items were presented last week to the Universal Church of Kingdom of God in Dominica from where it will be distributed to other branches of the church in the Bahamas.
District Nurse of Grand Fond, Alicia James Emanuel, came up with this idea and brought it to her supervisor who gave her approval. The idea was later presented to her staff members, patients who visited the health centre, residents and school children of the community.
Emanuel expressed her gratitude to residents of her community, stating that within two weeks, from September the 4th , they came together and gave their donations.
“Post Dorian, the devastation the people went through, it reminded me of ours with Maria, so a ‘pack a barrel’ initiative was done. I asked the community members to bring in whatever they can: water, unperishable items, anything, so we can send across to the people of Bahamas,” she said
She said within a week and a half to two weeks the community came together and responded positively, “because today, we presented the church with over ten thousand dollars’ worth of food items and clothing. I am very proud of them and it’s beyond words. They had that mentality ‘I don’t have nothing much, it’s just a little thing I have’ and I told them a little is never too little; a little goes a long way.”
Emanuel said even the School children came on board.
“From preschool, primary school the adults the elderly everybody got involved so it made our contribution substantial,” she noted.
Emanuel added that at the latter stage of the project, the Catholic Church also started a drive for clothing.
She called on the other communities of Dominica to come on board to assist those affected in these trying times.
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January 28, 2020
There is a suspected case of the Corona Virus in Jamaica according to several Jamaican news outlets.
Reports coming out of Kingston is that there is a patient at the University of the West Indies hospital who arrived from China with the deadly novel coronavirus.
China’s death toll from the new viral disease is now at 106, including the first death in Beijing, the Chinese capital, and 24 others in Hubei province, where the first illnesses were detected in December.
There were 1,771 new cases confirmed in China, raising the national total to 4,515, according to the National Health Commission.