The family of Therese Maddision was today ordered to discontinue their fund raising activity in front of their house that burned down in Blackman eddy village on Christmas Day.
Family members and friends had set up a roadside stand in front of the yard and we asking motorists for donations to help the family.
On the first day of collections by the side of the George Price Highway, many motorists who saw the placards which said: ‘please help the fire victims’, stopped to sympathize with the family and to contribute financially. Many people also promised to help with material donations, such as clothing.
According to a family member, the officer Commanding San Ignacio police was passing by the area this morning and stopped his vehicle long enough to order them to immediately stop what they were doing or risk being arrested.
The family member says that since the officer told them that what they were doing is illegal, she tried to ask him what was the procedure they need to follow in order to continue raising funds; but she said, the officer just said that said he did not want to hear about any procedure and that they should immediately stop or he would call for officers to come arrest them.
Half an hour later, the family member said, the police officer stationed in Georgeville arrived at their location with instructions to shut them down.
The Maddison family says they are still in need of assistance as they lost everything in the fire and are appealing to the general public for assistance.
If you would like to help financially or otherwise, please let us know and we will facilitate delivery of your contribution.
You can call or text West Vision at: 670-6397 or Patrick Jones at: 607-6777.