THE WAVE GIVES BACK

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Wave Ra­dio Sta­tion (94.5 & 93.7FM) has a key in­ter­est in the de­vel­op­ment and el­e­va­tion of Saint Lu­cian com­mu­ni­ties, pri­mar­ily un­der­de­vel­oped and poverty stricken re­gions of the is­land. Since Christ­mas res­onates with peo­ple as a time for giv­ing, for fam­ily and for good cheer, the sta­tion de­cided to fo­cus on the Christ­mas sea­son.

In keep­ing with its Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity man­date, the sta­tion em­barked on its an­nual Toy and Food Drive, now into its 7th year, in a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort with the its sis­ter sta­tion wVent (93.5 & 94.7FM).

Lead­ing up to the do­na­tion day of the drive, the sta­tions pro­moted their theme for the drive: #OneItemManySmiles and ap­pealed to the pub­lic that by do­nat­ing just one sin­gle item, col­lec­tively each item would fill a ham­per and re­sult in the hap­pi­ness and smiles of all the less for­tu­nate fam­i­lies who were as­sisted. Do­na­tions were col­lected out­side the var­i­ous Su­per J IGA su­per­mar­kets and at their head of­fice in Rod­ney Bay.

Co­or­di­na­tor of the drive Philgrim Lousiy said, “It is truly amaz­ing that, given the tough eco­nomic time and fi­nan­cial hard­ship that ev­ery­one is presently fac­ing in one way or an­other, so many Saint Lu­cians had the com­pas­sion in some form or fash­ion to do­nate will­ingly, from gro­cery items to cloth­ing. With­out their con­tri­bu­tions this drive would not have hap­pened and so many fam­i­lies would have not been able to re­ceive this bless­ing.”

On Sun­day 20th De­cem­ber the team vis­ited over ten com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing Anse La Raye, Ca­naries, Soufriere, Choiseul, La­borie, Vieux Fort, Mi­coud, Den­nery, Bexon, and Babon­neau. Some of the re­cip­i­ents in­cluded the Soufriere fire vic­tims, or­phaned chil­dren, the el­derly and sin­gle par­ents. In the end over 150 fam­i­lies of var­i­ous sizes re­ceived food ham­pers, cloth­ing, toys com­pli­ments Dig­i­cel and Pep­pers, and Footwear com­pli­ments Shoe Re­hab.

The Wave (94.5 & 93.7FM) would like to sin­cerely thank all the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor busi­nesses and the wider Saint Lu­cian pop­u­la­tion for their con­sid­er­able sup­port and do­na­tions which all played a part in making this ven­ture a suc­cess.

The Wave team with vol­un­teers and re­cip­i­ents of toys and

ham­pers.

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