Friday 17 November, 2017

Give time as well as supplies, urges Salvation Army

Volunteers helping to load relief supplies onto Schooner Ruth on Monday evening. The vessel set sail for Anguilla on Tuesday.

Volunteers helping to load relief supplies onto Schooner Ruth on Monday evening. The vessel set sail for Anguilla on Tuesday.

While donating supplies and or money to the Hurricane Irma relief effort is quite commendable, those who can are being urged to donate their time to assisting in the relief and rebuilding efforts of those affected.

This advice is coming from Major Sherma Evelyn with the Barbados Division of the Salvation Army during an interview with Loop News. Evelyn said volunteering time, in whatever way a person can, is a useful way to ensure that the many donations being sent from across the region are actually going to those for whom they are intended.

Relief efforts are underway in all of the islands hit by Irma last week including Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Marteen, the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos.

Evelyn said the Salvation Army has built up a reputation for transparency over the years and this has been beneficial in getting the public to give generously with local and regional efforts.  

“We have been in Barbados for 119 years and we have been known, if we say we are going to do something, to produce what we said we are going to produce.”

For those who maybe skeptical of which charities to invest in, she suggested persons across the region who are not adversely affected to lend their time to the relief effort.

“If you can volunteer with the charity, you can see what they are actually doing. During a week we can have various persons coming in from institutions across Barbados and volunteer…. So you can see that we are not also willing to take your money but you can give your time and see that whatever is given is actually being given to the people.”

She also said they are seeing a very high demand for food supplies in the islands affected. The Salvation Army division in Antigua is at present feeding around 800 people who were displaced from Barbuda last Thursday and more food and water is needed in the other islands as well.

Major Evelyn added the Salvation Army will soon be announcing a partnership with businesses that will be coming on board with the hurricane relief efforts.