WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 22, 2021: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO –Three Digicel team members used $15,000 to provide 20 food hampers and 100 children’s party bags for children to families in need. Families from Freeport, Mayaro, Maraval, Barataria and even Rio Claro are among those who have benefitted from the staff –led programme. From community pantries to drive-by hamper distributions, Digicel staff is leading the charge this Christmas with the Foundation’s #ShareMore Christmas initiative.
Digicel Enterprise Account Manager, Corporate Sales- Raisa Mohammed started her own charity programme called Pantry Helpers in 2020 when she realised the number of families who suffered loss of income as a direct result of job loss associated with Covid 19. Many families were left without food and Raisa was determined to assist as best as she could. A food pantry was set up at her home and Raisa encouraged her friends and family to simply buy something extra to contribute to the pantry. She further bolstered her efforts this Christmas with the TT$5000 she received from Digicel Foundation. Raisa prepared three hampers which included a full two months’ worth of groceries inclusive of staple Christmas goodies to distribute to three families in the Freeport area. Two of three families are Venezuelan migrants. The third family was very emotional upon receiving their hamper. The mother told an emotional tale of how hard it has been since her husband lost his job. She has been unable to work and has had to rely solely on assistance from persons like Raisa to provide groceries for her children, one of which has a disability. The family also lost its disability grant adding to the current hardships.
Digicel Financial Accountant, Juana Lezama distributed twelve food hampers for families using the TT$5000. Juana described the experience of assisting these families as fulfilling and even promised to make the project an annual one. Items were dropped off to families from Maraval to Mayaro. Persons from the communities of San Juan, Arima, Sangre Grande, El Dorado and Tacarigua were grateful to receive their items.
In Rio Claro, the families from Dades Road were thrilled to receive Digicel Retail Team Leader, Keian Weste’s donation of five food hampers and 100 snack bags for the kids in that community. Keian shared, “Having this opportunity to serve my community is honestly one of the best feelings I have had this year. During this pandemic, I have seen countless families affected by loss of jobs, loss of their homes, and even losing family members.” She added, “For some of these families, the holidays are a reminder of what they lack. To be able to provide even a modicum of happiness and Christmas cheer to these persons and renew their faith in community and humanity was a humbling experience.”
Twelve Digicel staff members received TT$5000 each this year through the Digicel Foundation’s #ShareMore Christmas initiative. The initiative encouraged Digicel staff to implement impactful community projects that will positively affect the lives of the persons within those communities.