Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Salvation Army gets $10,000 to assist 100 families with back-to-school

The Salvation Army was the proud recipient of donations from CIBC FirstCaribbean and Abed's.

The Salvation Army was the proud recipient of donations from CIBC FirstCaribbean and Abed's.

Two sponsors have come to the rescue of the Salvation Army to ensure that 100 families could be prepared and be well-dressed when school resumes on September 21.

Noting the negative impact of COVID-19 on companies' bottom line, two members of corporate Barbados stepped up to the plate once again to give back.

Salvation Army in Barbados received $5,000 in vouchers from Abed's and $5,000 from CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank. Both sponsors have worked with the Army before and said that despite the harsh economic times they did what was necessary to deliver for the Army and the families in need.

". . .We must assist and we decided to come on board with the Salvation Army and do what we can this year," said Managing Director of Abed's, Eddy Abed. He went on to admit that this year his company took the stance to help as many charities and organisations as they have assisted in the past, however, they were not able to give out as much as they did in the past.

"We at Abed's have a long history of giving back to the community especially those who are in need. This was a difficult one but we've taken the decision to assist not only the Salvation Army but several organisations with back-to-school clothing, an area that we feel very comfortable in . . ."

On behalf of CIBC, Manager for Business Development, International Corporate Banking and Private Wealth Management, Raymond Ward commended the "incredible" work of Salvation Army.

"It's an honour for us to be able assist and to help out, especially with the young children. We know that they are especially vulnerable with parents losing jobs, with persons finding it much more difficult to provide the necessary items for school."

Ward also turned to Abed and thanked Abed's "in these difficult business times, for stepping forward and assisting as well." 

The vouchers can be used by parents and guardians to get uniforms, school shoes, game shoes, stationery and or bags for back-to-school next week.

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