Men and women who don’t have enough to eat – either for themselves or for their families – received bags of food and other items recently from members of the Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industry, which began crisscrossing Grand Cayman last month to make deliveries.
The recipients – including the elderly, people with disabilities and some single mothers – are thanking the generous members of the Grand Cayman community who donated the items during ASi Cayman’s recent food drive.
“The food drive was a great success and a blessing to all who participated,” said Annie K. Price, ASi Cayman’s vice president.
In addition to individual recipients identified by ASi and by people who participated in various ways during the drive, items also are being given to the Cayman Islands Department of Family and Children Services, for distribution to people on government’s list of those in need.
Launched on 21 November, the food drive was titled “Connecting and Sharing”. Courtesy of Woody Foster, the initiative was held at each Foster’s Food Fair location throughout Grand Cayman.
ASi volunteers, drawn from all the Seventh-day Adventist churches, encouraged shoppers to put an extra item into their grocery carts to share with those in need, or to make a monetary donation, Ms Price said.
Everything collected or purchased with donations was stored at IMP for distribution. On Sunday, 16 December, Pastor Wesley Nyack, director of the Community Services Department of the Cayman Islands Seventh-day Adventist Conference, led department members and ASi volunteers in sorting and bagging the goods for distribution, which commenced that day and continued throughout the following week.
Beneficiaries expressed their gratitude in a warm and welcoming way. A recipient in West Bay told volunteers that she was able to afford only water because she didn’t have enough money to purchase groceries. She then thanked the volunteers, and prayed with them for people like her who also could be helped.
“In fact, more names have been submitted to ASi Cayman since volunteers have been distributing goods,” Ms Price said.
ASi Cayman, a nonprofit organisation, has been active for 11 years. Ms Price said its new board wants to become more open and active in meeting the community’s needs. The organisation works with each department of the church, particularly in health, education, evangelism, family life and community services projects. Its motto is “Sharing Christ in the Marketplace”.
“Our heartfelt thanks go to all of the volunteers, donors, well-wishers and supporters, who contributed to making this food drive a great success,” Ms Price said. “It truly was an expression of the loving kindness of the people of these Islands during the holidays, and we pray many blessings on those who shared whatever they had to give.”
Donors who wish to make additional donations can deliver nonperishable food or other items, such as toiletries, to IMP, located between the Lions Centre and Grand Harbour; or they can call 939-3900 to make collection arrangements. All items must be sealed and labelled “ASi Cayman.” To make monetary donations, either by check or in cash, please e-mail [email protected]