Hamper and $5,000 for Homeless.
Digicel continued to deliver extensive and festive cheer to various organizations during the Christmas season.
One such organization was Cornerstone Humanitarian Society which was the recipient of not only a hamper as part of Digicel’s Christmas distribution but also a surprise financial contribution of $5,000 to assist in cushioning operational costs.
Cornerstone Humanitarian Society’s mission is “to create a compassionate environment of short or long-term care; to meet basic needs of homeless people through the provision of shelter, food, clothing and social support in a cost effective way, by partnering with social service agencies and the community at large” .
Cornerstone seeks to alleviate the problems of homelessness and vagrancy which exist in the city circuit. Having officially commenced operations in November 1998, Cornerstone has since then provided shelter, meals and care for hundreds of homeless and abandoned individuals throughout the years. The society serves persons who face a wide range of social ills including drug and alcohol addiction, ill health, mental illness, emotional problems, among other issues.
Desmond Phillip, Director of Cornerstone expressed his gratitude to Digicel for the “surprise donation” saying: “Given the many challenges we face for financing and to sustain the operations of the institution, this donation will undoubtedly go a long way. We appreciate any kind gesture towards the organization no matter how big or small. We normally look forward to receiving the hampers from Digicel as it contributes greatly to the provision of meals and the daily care of the facilities. However, this financial assistance of $5,000 is most certainly welcomed and we sincerely appreciate it.”
Marketing and Communications Executive at Digicel, Miss Louise Victor who was part of the team delivering the cheque and hamper surprise to Cornerstone said: “At Digicel it gives us great joy to continue to contribute to enriching the lives of persons from all walks of life. Just as we have touched the lives of thousands of kids through our Christmas toy drive programme and the lives of many underprivileged through our annual Feed the Need and Hamper distributions, we believe it was critical to go one step further in assisting Cornerstone. As Mr. Phillip highlighted, the institution faces a myriad or challenges and we are simply grateful that we are able to continue to assisting in alleviating some of their burdens.”
Digicel, during the season also presented hampers to the Living Water Home in Soufriere, Adelaide’s Home, Marian Home, Ministry of Agriculture Christmas programme, St. Lucy’s Home, Police Community Relations Branch, Transit Home and Comfort Bay in Vieux Fort.