Isle of Pines shipment leaves Sunday

Donations continued to be deposited at drop off points in George Town and West Bay to help hurricane victims in Cuba’s Isle of Pines throughout the weekend.

By Monday morning, a dozen containers had been filled.

Coordinator Elsie Ebanks said the group has received a huge amount of clothing, but still food, toiletries, disinfectants and monetary contributions are needed.

‘We’re asking people not to bring any more clothing, but to focus more on the clinical items and food,’ she said.

A shipment of contributions from a Virginia-based charity called Operation Blessing, is due to arrive in Cayman on Friday and will be shipped, along with the containers from Cayman, to the Isle of Pines.

Mrs. Ebanks said the entire shipment would leave for the Isle of Pines on Sunday.

The group put out a call for assistance earlier this month to help the population of the Isle of Pines, which was badly hit by hurricanes Gustav and Ike recently.

The government has responded to the call for assistance by donating trailer homes that had been shipped to Cayman to help its own hurricane victims after Ivan.

Containers have been deposited at two drop-off points – one opposite the Red Cross by the Cayman National Bank roundabout, and another by the police station at West Bay – and volunteers are on hand to sort though and pack donations left by members of the public.

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