NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Mrs. Jeanette Meloney, Director of the Department of Community Development in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), called on churches, schools, business organisations and individuals to assist the department with its “Boxing Day” food drive initiative.
The aim of the drive is to make Christmas brighter for persons in the Nevisian community, especially at a time when COVID-19 has impacted so many on the island.
“We’re encouraging you to be a part of this giving back to your own community… We know that there are persons in our community who have been impacted by COVID-19. Some persons have lost their jobs. They have financial commitments and so we are here to give back and to help them…
“I know when things happen overseas, for example, some country overseas being impacted by a hurricane, Nevisians … come together and we give back, and that is good but we want you all to now give back to yourself by helping your brothers and sisters who live on this island, to make their Christmas bright and cheery to know that we care,” she said.
Mrs. Meloney assured that all donations received would be presented to the beneficiaries ahead of Christmas Day, December 25.
“We are not asking for anything much. You can drop off whatever you have by the department – a Vienna Sausage, a bar of soap, dish liquid, a tin of butter, a bottle of cooking oil, a pack of rice, a pack of flour, a pack of beans, a Cream of Wheat, a tin of milk, a corned beef. The list goes on and on – some raisins to help bake a cake, a bottle of wine. Whatever you have, whatever is in your heart to give, kindly be a part of this venture and a week before Christmas we are gonna box up foodstuff of whatever essential item that you would have contributed…
“We’re gonna give them to persons in the community. So we are kindly asking for your support in this venture, and I am looking forward to brighter days ahead when we will be going out with those boxes, and that is why we say we will be having a ‘Boxing Day’ in Nevis before the real Boxing Day, and you know, when you would have given for that, when Boxing Day really comes which is December 26th God willing, you will be having a good day relaxing after eating all that Christmas food because you know that you would have given back to someone in your community. So, let us be all good Nevisians and lend a helping hand where it is needed right now. Thank you very much,” she said.
The department’s office is located on Main Street in Charlestown.