The Hyacinth Family Foundation marked its end of year activities with the annual Christmas Lunch in the community of Coolie Town, Anse La Raye on Saturday 12th December, 2015. This year’s activity was one with a difference as the Foundation collaborated with the Salvation Army as well as J.E. Bergasse & Co Ltd to bring cheer to residents of the community.
The members of the Foundation, with the help of Community Leaders Marc Edmund and Ms. Gloria, set up a clothes and toy distribution drive at the Community Centre, which was opened to all residents. Further, the Family prepared a sumptuous meal in true St. Lucian Christmas style, which fed over eighty (80) residents from the community.
A collaborative effort was also forged between the Foundation and its long time ally, the Salvation Army, to prepare and distribute hampers to 60 needy families in the Roseau Community, including residents from the Valley, Coolie Town, Jacmel and Vanard.
Members of staff of J.E. Bergasse & Co Ltd were also in attendance to hand over eight (8) newly repaired computers to the Community Centre. Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Company Representative and Family Member, Carter Hyacinth, explained that J.E. Bergasse & Co received the call to repair the computers, and in the spirit of Christmas, decided to do so at no cost to the Community. He further stated that “It is the company’s civil duty to assist in whatever way possible to ensure that residents of Saint Lucia, particularly the youth, have access to computers and modern technology.”
This is the Foundation’s fourth annual Christmas Lunch with past recipients being residents of Comfort Bay, Vieux Fort, and The Valley, Roseau. Other activities for the year included the serving of breakfast every third Saturday outside the Bideau-Bolivar Park, Castries and the distribution of food hampers, toys and clothes to the needy island-wide.