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.

Police officers maintaining order.
Police officers maintaining order.

The orderliness to some degree was credited to a partnership between the Salvation Army’s management and the Royal Barbados Police Force.

On their way at the Salvation Army’s headquarters to collect their hampers.
On their way at the Salvation Army’s headquarters to collect their hampers.

“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.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (at centre) cheerful as he hands a elderly woman her hamper. Looking on are Lady Belgrave (right) and Aide-De-Camp Camp Carlos Lovell.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (at centre) cheerful as he hands a elderly woman her hamper. Looking on are Lady Belgrave (right) and Aide-De-Camp Camp Carlos Lovell.

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.

7 Responses to Order and charity

  1. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell December 17, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    The TRUE Barbados, people having to line up for FOOD!!! But look at those well fed Police Men tho!

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  2. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small December 18, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Look what this country is coming to handout

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  3. liza pollard December 18, 2014 at 6:41 am

    This is so sad. When is it going to stop.

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  4. Michelle Gloumeau December 18, 2014 at 9:02 am

    don’t criticize a good deed! there will always be people in need. And hopefully there will always be people who help those in need. It is Christmas. Not criticizemas!! Everyone one has a circumstance. God Bless those who help out and give to charities. Positive comments and attitudes are what the world needs. Merry Christmas everyone!

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  5. kay-rani rosita December 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Mr Webster if you do not stop with the broken English, I am going to use you. Lol

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  6. kay-rani rosita December 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Anthony Small, in every country there will always be those in need. You should be glad that they are able to receive a hamper.
    In England, (first world country) people have to go to food banks in order to have something to eat. This is an everyday occurrence and nothing to do with Christmas

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  7. kay-rani rosita December 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Elke Hassell
    Really, is that all you can take from this story? How about a wonderfully charitable thing to do

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