Order and charity
GG and wife help give out Salvation Army hampers
There was much more order when hundreds of Barbadians turned up to collect their Christmas hampers from the Salvation Army’s Reed Street, St Michael headquarters this morning.
The usual shoving and squabbling were significantly reduced this year, the young and old queuing up for their gift packages that included basic food items.
The orderliness to some degree was credited to a partnership between the Salvation Army’s management and the Royal Barbados Police Force.
“This year we worked with the police, and they asked us to tell them what we wanted them to do,” the Army’s public relations officer Major Denzil Walcott told Barbados TODAY this morning as the distribution took place.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, with Lady Belgrave, handed out the first dozen or so of the 1,700 parcels distributed.
The Head of State, who was pleased once again to assist, expressed gratitude to all those who had made contributions to or had otherwise played a pivotal role in securing donations for the Army. Sir Elliott said that because many Barbadians would find this Christmas to be a challenging one, it was “good to find that there are people in Barbados who care and are willing to help”.
“It is my hope and wish that those persons who are attending for the purpose of receiving hampers will display good manners as they come forward, and that there would be no pushing or shoving, be it in front of the frail, infirm or not so strong,” the Governor General pleaded during a short Christmas service before the distribution.
Sir Elliott also thanked the Royal Barbados Police Force Band for its musical contribution to the carolling.
Major Walcott said this year’s numbers for hampers were noticeably smaller because there were now more organizations offering help to those in need. He was pleased that “more charitable entities and individuals are making the effort to lend a helping hand”.
In addition to the 1,700 hampers given out at Reed Street, about 500 more were distributed at about the same time among the Army’s 11 churches across the island.