Searchlight: WPP delivers Hope and Care packages to needy
Sister Jacqueline King (left) and Lauren Mcintosh (right) of the WPP interact with one of their patients
The World Pediatric Project has launched WPP COVID-19 Aid, an initiative that would help at least 200 families with “Hope and Care Packages” that contain essential supplies to offer substantial comfort during the challenging times as a result of the pandemic.
Each “Hope and Care Package,” which is estimated to cost $600 will be provided to WPP families with basic needs.
The project is being rolled out in two phases.
Phase one of the project was executed over three consecutive days from June 15. The local WPP team delivered packages to the doorsteps of families on the Windward (as far as Fancy), the Central, and Leeward (as far as Chateaubelair) zones of the country. Other areas, including the Grenadines, will receive packages in the second phase.
The Hope and Care Package comprises food and hygiene items. Food includes rice, flour, canned goods, pasta, sugar, oil, crackers, milk, peas, eggs, ketchup, and tea bags. The hygiene kits contain: hand sanitizer, disinfectant, toilet paper, bleach, bath soap, hand soap, and toothpaste.
A recipient from Warren family on the Windward side of the island said thanks to WPP for the gesture. “What WPP has done, it will go a long way and also the love and support of being there for us over the years” expressed Mrs Warren.
The Edwards family from the Central zone expressed her gratitude to the WPP Team. “My happiness receiving the box almost killed me when I saw what was in it, I am stunted. I wasn’t expecting this much, thanks again,” were the words from Mrs Edwards.
WPP Executive Director – Eastern Caribbean, Lauren McIntosh, indicated her delight at the opportunity to assist families. “It is undoubtedly a challenging time globally. To have stakeholders coming to the fore at this point, when our fundraising events have been either cancelled or postponed is really heartening. We are fortunate to have such stakeholders who can make it possible for us to extend assistance to WPP families in such dire circumstances. We are fortunate to execute this initiative, which ensures we stay connected to our children and provides some relief to families,” said McIntosh.
The remaining phase of the COVID-19 AID will be rolled out at the beginning of July 2020 which will see at least another 100 families benefitting from the Hope and Care Package.