LIME Brings Joy to the Less Fortunate
“I don’t have enough words to express how grateful I am, and the love I feel in my heart for Mr. Gaspard and LIME for remembering us and taking care of us every Christmas.” Those were words of appreciation expressed by a senior citizen from Castries, echoing the sentiments of the more than 150 people treated to a Christmas luncheon thanks to the generosity of Feed the Poor Ministry and LIME.
The majority of them came from the surrounding communities of Central Castries to attend the event organised for the city’s underprivileged citizens at the Derek Walcott Square Friday last. A team of LIME employees was there to welcome them along with the founder and CEO of Feed the Poor Ministry, Gaspard Henry.
The event, which was originally held at the Castries City Hall, had to be moved to the Derek Walcott Square to accommodate the increasing numbers who are being catered for every year.
Chatting away and laughing, the recepients were in high spirits as they tucked into their lunch. Entertainment was provided by various local artistes and musicians, while members of the LIME team cheerfully moved around, taking care of their guests.
In an effort to make the event a more rewarding experience, LIME provided T-shrits and care packages.
“We feel extremely proud to be partnering with Feed the Poor Ministry for this wonderful event,” said LIME Country Manager, Geraldine Pitt. “For us it’s our best initiative, simply because it’s the one that gives us the opportunity to give back to those people who have served this country so well over the years. As you walk around having conversations with them, the stories of what used to be are endless – the stories of their service to people, whether as teachers or police officers, whatever path in life they would have chosen. We know that they have given their best and this gives us the opportunity to just give back,” she added.
CEO of Feed the Poor Ministry, Gaspard Henry said, “LIME and Feed the Poor Ministry have fostered a wonderful partnership and I really want to thank LIME for supporting us for the past years. As I have always said, it is one thing to support an organisation financially but to really be there on the ground, it is a very different thing altogether. I want to thank God for giving me the strength to tarry and toil for all those years.”
LIME plans to work with Feed the Poor Ministry to expand the initiative across the island and will be partnering with Mr. Gaspard and his organization for its annual Christmas party scheduled for December 23rd at the Castries City Hall.
Meanwhile dozens of persons received Christmas hampers from LIME last weekend. On Saturday, teams of LIME employees delivered Christmas hampers to underprivileged citizens in Vanard, Roseau, Anse La Raye, Canaries, Soufriere and Vieux Fort as part of the company’s ‘Unwrap Christmas’ campaign. The recipients, many of whom were senior citizens, welcomed the hampers and thanked the LIME team for their warmhearted generosity.
Every Christmas LIME makes it a priority to deliver food hampers to individuals and families around Saint Lucia. The company consults with key persons in the various communities to identify the persons who are most in need of assistance.
LIME Commercial Lead, Cheryl Francis, said the company will continue to visit more communities to assist individuals and families in need throughout the rest of the Christmas season and into the New Year.
“For us, it has been a wonderful experience going through the villages visiting the residents and providing many of them with hampers for which they are so appreciative. We know that we are touching the hearts of persons who need it the most.
“More than ever, it has helped us appreciate that as members of the corporate community, we need to take some time off from our daily duties and go out there to do whatever we can to assist the less fortunate. This is one of the reasons we did this on a Saturday, just so that we can devote as much time to it as possible. This is a very important part of our corporate social responsibility,” Ms. Francis added.
Hampers were distributed to some most deserving
LIME assisted Feed the Poor Ministry with a lunch for