“I am overwhelmed with number of people who have come forward to donate, to partner with us, and to assist in collection. It shows how deep the spirit of volunteerism goes in our city, and really across the whole of Trinidad and Tobago. People want to help, and they are looking for ways to do so. I am really thankful for the support we have received thus far and we are going to keep this drive going as long as we can, to send help to those most in need in Haiti,” he said.
The Charity Drive Committee has been working fastidiously to recruit volunteers to assist with the intake of donations, sorting goods and packing the shipping containers. Voluntary services have also been provided from corporate partners Laing, Dumore Enterprises, Edoo’s, Eagles Transport and Global Brokerage Limited for transport, warehousing and shipping agent services.
“Many new donation points have been set up because people are calling in and offering spaces as a way of joining in the efforts. We are storing items at a warehouse in Victoria Village and by Monday we will have volunteers on hand there also to collect items,” continued the Mayor. He reiterated that the items most needed are non-perishable food items, drinking water, clothing, medical supplies and basic medicines, and building materials (receiving at Dumore Enterprises – Transport Division).
“No cash donations are being accepted. However, we are seeking donors to cover the shipping costs to Haiti, which they can pay directly to the shipping company when the time comes to send the containers out,” he added.
New donation points have been added as follows:
The San Fernando Disaster Management Unit
69A Circular Road, San Fernando
Contact: Hayden Alexander - 657-5788
Eagles Transport Limited
9 Eagles Drive, Connector Road, Carlsen Field, Chaguanas
Contact: Pat Maharaj – 672-0500
The Penal-Debe Disaster Management Unit
218A S.S. Erin Road, Debe
Contact: Hameed Hasmathali – 332-9147
Dumore Enterprises – Transport Division – accepting large items and building materials
Belle Vue Industrial Estate, Lot 11, St. Mary’s Village Main Road, South Oropouche
Contact: Roshan Ragbir – 225-5555
Edoo’s Warehouse (between Laing and Southern Sales Rentals)
LP80 Cipero Road, Victoria Village
Contact: Leah or Krystel – 652-0449
All Branches of JTA Supermarket – accepting small items