Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce on October 9 donated vouchers totalling $40,000 to the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society and the Ministry of Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services through its COVID-19 Relief Drive Initiative to help persons affected by the pandemic.
Giselle Matthews, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce, said that it is important that the Chamber of Industry and Commerce indulges the community and that the thrust of the new board is to be an active Chamber involved in more community initiatives.
Mrs. Matthews said that support will be given to the families in St. Kitts and in Nevis in the form of shopping vouchers in denominations of $50 and $100 from supermarkets including Horsford’s IGA, Rams, Fraites & Sons, Dollar Stretcher and EK.
A family of one to two persons will receive vouchers of EC$200 a month. A family of three to four will receive vouchers of EC$300 per month and a family of four will receive vouchers up to EC$400 a month.
The president made special mention of SL Horsford & Co Ltd. who gave $20,000 and Ram’s Trading Ltd. who gave $10,000. Other doners included Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Law Offices of Shawna Lake, Harper’s Office Depot and The Cable.
The COVID-19 Relief Drive Initiative ties in with the Chambers’ mission statement, which states to improve the standard and quality of life of all people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Celia Christopher, Director of Gender Affairs, said that her department is thankful for the contribution of the Chamber towards meeting the immediate food needs of this vulnerable population. Mrs. Christopher thanked all of the partners involved in the Chamber of industry and Commerce COVID-19 Relief Drive Initiative and expressed deep appreciation for their invaluable partnership with the Chamber.
Also expressing gratitude was the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society who thanked the Chamber for coming forward because the contribution will go a long way in helping families.