Editorial for 5 July: ARK: From crisis to calmer seas

This day gives you a chance to commit a random act of
kindness for Acts of Random Kindness.

The ARK 2 Buy 2 Food Drive officially comes to an end at
11pm today.

For those not familiar with ARK, it’s a not-for-profit group
of people who do amazing things for those of us who are less fortunate. That’s
why Cayman Free Press was proud to sign up as one of the food drive’s sponsors.

As it states on the ARK Facebook page, hunger is not something
that only strikes during the festive month of December. It is a very real
problem in the Cayman Islands every day of the year.

The food drive is one last chance before summer to make a
donation of either non-perishable food items, basic necessities such as
toothbrushes, hygiene items or food vouches from area supermarkets. To help
those who want to  help, ARK has created
a list of suggested items to be donated. Visit
www.caymansark.com/shopping-list.html to find out what’s needed most. Please
stay away from items like rice, flour, cereal and oatmeal, as those items can
attract weevils.

It would be great if we each could manage at least one item
to put in there, so please consider this when you next visit the supermarket.
Although many may see this as an opportunity to get rid of that jar of
maraschino cherries in vinegar from their Christmas hamper last year, familiar
soups and things like canned tuna will be more welcome.

Donations can be placed in the ARK 2 BUY 2 bins that are
near the exit of  Foster’s The Strand,
Kirk’s Supermarket, Hurley’s Grand Harbour and Foster’s Countryside. ARK 2 Buy
2 bins are also in the reception here at Cayman Free Press on Shedden Road in
the Discovery Centre at Camana Bay.

The food will be collected from the bins across Grand Cayman
stored at ARK’s warehouse.

The ARK food drive is important, so please help out if you
can. ARK can also use your help throughout the year with donations of clothing
and shoes for children of all ages and adults, baby items, household items, toys
and books. We never know when we might be the ones in need. For those who have
donated to the 2 Buy 2 food drive, we thank you.





  1. I was very touched by your Editorial for 5 July: ARK: From crisis to calmer seas. Everyone who is in a position to donate food and other basic necessities should be encouraged to give to a most worthy cause. Having the ARK 2 BUY 2 receptacles strategically located makes it very convenient to place the donated items.

    Cayman Free Press has set a good example by signing up to be one of the food drive’s sponsors and also providing bins for donated items.

    The ARK not-for-profit group sponsoring the food drive must be heartily commended for doing a terrific job in getting food to those most in need. I salute them for their dedicated efforts. I will certainly do my part on my next visit to Cayman, especially as I can visit the web site to ascertain which items are needed most. Thank you foe for the information.