Acts of Random Kindness may not be an organisation known to everyone, but to those who need the help, or alternatively, are committed to assisting others, ARK is an absolute necessity, and especially during Christmas.
There are so many people in the local community who struggle in silence, through pride or the inability to communicate their situation to others. Members of the organisation become aware of their circumstances thanks to friends and family stepping forward, and then they contact the needy individuals to see how they can help. The wonderful way that ARK works is to assist in the short term, basically helping individuals or families get through hard circumstances until they can support themselves.
Over the years, ARK has helped many locals and residents get back on their feet thanks to generous donations from people and companies in the Cayman Islands. This Christmas, they are making a particularly big push to get everyone involved, so that those who need help this Christmas will get food, household and gift items necessary to make the holiday season as enjoyable for them as it is for the rest of us.
ARK’s “Giving is Receiving” programme runs from 23 November to 14 December, and it makes it so easy for people or offices to donate. All you have to do is pick up a free blue bag at the Discovery Centre in Camana Bay or from an ARK member; buy groceries, household items or gifts to fill the bag; and then drop it back off at the Discovery Centre. If you can’t fit it into your schedule, not a problem. The folks from ARK will happily come and pick up your generous donation, just let them know.
The organisation has quietly worked behind the scenes with a number of local families, bringing relief where it is needed most. One such recipient of their help has been Miss Emily, who lives in the Northward area.
She was washing her family’s clothes by hand in a large bin, and then hanging them out to dry. There were no fans in the house to cool anyone on hot days. The fridge leaked and the ceiling needed repair. When a friend approached Miss Emily last year and said she knew some people who could possibly assist her, she remembered something her mother had always told her: if you have to go without, then you deal with it, but don’t let the children suffer; think of the children. Right then, she decided that she would accept the offer.
Volunteers from ARK got in contact with her, and came to the house to assess the situation. They decided to focus on the most pressing issues like sorting out the walls, the ceiling, arranging mattresses, installing ceiling fans and getting her a washing machine.
Since beginning this project, ARK has managed to get mattresses and fix the ceiling and walls, including paint jobs where necessary, which has made a considerable difference. They got a refrigerator, an oven, and donated cabinetry for the kitchen. There are now ceiling fans whirring away in the rooms, which have brought down the temperature significantly, making living in the house more pleasant.
ARK’s policy is to help those that help themselves. They work on a case-by-case basis, pass no judgement on the recipients, and work with corporations and private citizens to obtain funding for their admirable projects. Even if people cannot donate goods, they can donate their time and expertise to make a difference.
You can make a difference in someone’s life this Christmas by joining in with ARK’s Giving is Receiving drive. This is the time to think of others and help everyone have a Merry Christmas.
You want to ensure that what you’re buying is what they require. You can find their shopping list at caymansark.com/giving-is-receiving.html
ARK’s “Giving is Receiving” programme runs from 23 November to 14 December, and it makes it so easy for people or offices to donate.