LIME Brings Joy to the Less For­tu­nate

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

“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

per­sons.

LIME as­sisted Feed the Poor Min­istry with a lunch for

the un­der­priv­iledged.

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