Optimist Club South helping families
THERE?ARE?many families who go hungry in Barbados.
This revelation has come from deputy director of the Child Care Board (CCB) Denise Nurse who said many Barbadians were not aware of that reality.
And that is why Nurse is thanking the Optimist Club of Barbados South for the 18 gift hampers donated which would help supplement its distribution programme this Christmas season.
The gift hampers, handed over by club president Margaret Chapman-Farley on Wednesday, will be distributed to the children and families the CCB deals with through their programmes.
Last year the board gave out 213 hampers to families with children compared to 206 the same time this year.
Nurse said they were seeing a new dynamic in Barbados where each bedroom in a home represented a family unit of a mother and children.
She said many people were unaware that they could give.
Nurse also said the CCB was fortunate to be at the receiving end, considering what was happening in the economy.
The Optimist Club has been making the donation for the past 12 years.
Chapman-Farley said each hamper contained a personalized gift for a child as the children involved in the Sports for Life programme decided that instead of having a gift exchange among themselves this year, they would give the gifts to charity. The Optimist club was identified as the recipient.