Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020. 3:07 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Courts is joining the country’s fight against the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with a $10,000 donation to the Belize Red Cross to purchase and distribute 320 grocery packages to feed 68-80 families. The grocery packages will be distributed in rural areas to much needy families.
Unicomer (Belize) Ltd. Managing Director, Javier Ponce, handed over the cheque this morning to Lilly Bowman, Executive Director of the Belize Red Cross, at the Red Cross office at the corner of Gabourel Lane and Handyside Street.
“Unicomer Belize acknowledges the difficulties that many of our fellow citizens are living in right now. With this donation, we hope it will go to the neediest people,” Ponce said.
He noted that the company has offered relief internally to staff but the donation to the Red Cross is the first of its donations to affect the wider public, with more initiatives set to follow in the coming weeks.
Bowman explained that the donation will go towards expanding the Red Cross’ feeding program, which begins its distributions today.
“The Belize Red Cross supports the national response in any disaster or emergency, so what we are doing is just our contribution to that national plan,” Bowman said. “We know that the government is doing its feeding program but of course it is impossible to reach everybody so we are looking to reach those pockets of people that are normally reached or don’t normally qualify for the government assistance.”
She noted that the Red Cross’ target population for the feeding program are older persons, and people with disabilities that do not have strong family support as well as migrant communities.
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