Digicel Social Club’s food baskets feed five families
January 4, 2013

Digicel Social Club’s food baskets feed five families

This year, five families benefited from the generosity of Digicel’s Social Club when two ‘Digi’ teams made stops on the Windward and Leeward sides of the island bringing with them baskets laden with food.{{more}}

This year, the annual initiative, which seeks to help out needy persons in the various communities, stopped in Sharpes (Chateaubelair), Dark View (Rose Bank), Mt Pleasant (Mesopotamia), Hadley’s Village and Greiggs.

Benefiting in Chateaubelair was Bentley Isaacs, who has been unemployed since 2010. He lives alone and suffers from a kidney problem.

He said that he was very happy to receive the assistance given by the telecommunications company.

“Thank you very much…I thank Digicel for giving this to me, because I wouldn’t have been able to buy all this”, said Isaacs.

Receiving the food basket in Rose Bank was 29-year-old Shannel Francois, her boyfriend and three children. Francois, like Isaacs, is unemployed. She suffers from colon cancer. Her three kids are Azesha, 10 years old, Wendel, one year and three months old and Jessica, four years old.

“I feel good; there are five persons in my household and this is a very good help from Digicel,” said Francois.

The recipients of the food basket were chosen by case worker at the department of Social Development Kay Ferguson, who is responsible for the less fortunate families from Troumaca to Richmond.

Moving to the windward side of the island, Allison (16) and Zenique Adams (10) who recently lost their mother were the recipients of the much needed food basket. The duo was pleased to see the Digicel team as the contribution has much improved the household which is run by big brother Allison.

The trip to Hadley’s Village saw 90-year-old Cornelius Haywood (Hadley’s Village) receiving help. Haywood has a disabled son and was extremely happy for the food supplies.

Kaylene Charles of Greiggs was the other lucky person. The 33-year-old woman lives in the old clinic at Greiggs and has four children (ages 2, 5, 8 and 18). She is unemployed and said that the donation has enabled her to be able to feed her children.

Case worker Yoland Howe assisted the Digicel team on the Windward run.

Marketing manager at Digicel Juno DeRoche said that the annual Christmas food basket programme is the Social Club’s way of reaching out to the less fortunate in the various communities.