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Blackett: Give generously this Christmas


Blackett: Give generously this Christmas

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BARBADIANS ARE BEING called upon to give generously to the Salvation Army this Christmas.

The appeal was made by Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steven Blackett, yesterday during the launch of the Salvation Army’s Kettle Appeal, in Jubilee Gardens, The City.

Blackett noted that the Army was well known for its benevolent work throughout the year, and that the kettle appeal was just one of the ways in which that organisation continued to complement the efforts of Government in the fight against poverty and hunger.

“The Government forged a partnership with the Salvation Army well over 100 years ago to offer much needed assistance in the form of food and clothing to indigent persons.  It continues to provide yeoman service through its many activities, including its feeding programme, which distributes 160 meals a day to persons, including shut-ins across St. Michael, St Thomas and St George,” he explained.

Chairman of the advisory board of the Salvation Army, Paul Bernstein, also echoed the Minister’s appeal for persons to give generously during this Christmas season.

Pointing out that the country was currently going through a “squeeze” and that there was an influx of persons who had lost their jobs and were facing financial challenges, Bernstein asked persons who were still employed, and could afford it, to “dig a little deeper in their pockets and give to the kettle”. (BGIS)