The less fortunate and those in need at different institutions on the island all benefited from the Ministry of Agriculture and Social Services annual food basket Christmas donation on Friday.
The donations are made annually to ensure that residents have hearty meals during the holidays.
New Agriculture Minister, Johnson Drigo, who was speaking at a handing over ceremony held at the Dominica Infirmary grounds, thanked residents living there for helping to build Dominica.
“I am here today to say to the residents of the Infirmary, we are here to say thank you to you for what you have done for building Dominica for us because for sure the residents here are persons who worked very hard during difficult times across Dominica in building this beautiful country, especially those who worked within the farming sector,” he said. “I want to say to them on behalf of all the farmers who donated the produce we are about to donate today, that it is coming from their heart and hard work.”
He appealed to all Dominicans to consider assisting institutions such as the Infirmary and the Grotto Home during the holiday season.
“Nothing is too much, everything will be added so as we go in to the Christmas weekend please remember the Dominica Infirmary, Grotto Home and the other institutions that the Ministry of Agriculture is making a donation to today,” he stated.
Meantime, Acting Chief Welfare Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Dominica Infirmary, Leroy Morvan thank the ministry for the kind gesture.
“We know that Christmas time is a time of giving and sharing and this could not have come at a better time,” he stated. “Now that they, the residents, are at a stage where they cannot help themselves it is a pleasure to be of assistance to them.”
New Minister of Social Services, Catherine Daniel, who was also present, said it’s not the quantity but the thought that matters when donations are given to the less fortunate.
“It is not the quantity that matters when we give, it’s the thought, it’s how we feel about giving and giving with a cheerful heart no matter how small it is,” she noted. “You never know where we will be when we get to that stage, and so we have to help others and be thankful.”
Daniel hopes that the donation will serve as an impetus for other people to assist the Infirmary.
The other care institutions visited and presented with donations were The Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), Each One Teach One, Operation Youth Quake, CHANCES, Marigot Hospital, Grange Home for the Aged in Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Hospital.