Cor­ner­stone re­ceives Spe­cial Christ­mas Sur­prise from Dig­i­cel

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The re­gion’s lead­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider, Dig­i­cel, con­tin­ued to de­liver ex­ten­sive and fes­tive cheer to var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son. One such or­ga­ni­za­tion was the Cor­ner­stone Hu­man­i­tar­ian So­ci­ety (Cor­ner­stone). It was the re­cip­i­ent of not only a ham­per as part of Dig­i­cel’s Christ­mas ham­per dis­tri­bu­tion but also a sur­prise fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion of five thou­sand dol­lars to as­sist in cushioning op­er­a­tional costs.

Cor­ner­stone’s mis­sion is “to cre­ate a com­pas­sion­ate en­vi­ron­ment of short or longterm care; to meet ba­sic needs of home­less peo­ple through the pro­vi­sion of shel­ter, food, cloth­ing and so­cial sup­port in a cost ef­fec­tive way, by part­ner­ing with so­cial ser­vice agen­cies and the com­mu­nity at large” and it serves a unique sec­tion of so­ci­ety.

Cor­ner­stone seeks to al­le­vi­ate the prob­lems of home­less­ness and va­grancy which ex­ist in the city cir­cuit. Hav­ing of­fi­cially com­menced oper­a­tions in Novem­ber 1998, Cor­ner­stone has pro­vided shel­ter, meals and care for hun­dreds of home­less and aban­doned in­di­vid­u­als through­out the years. The so­ci­ety serves per­sons who face a wide range of so­cial ills in­clud­ing drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion, ill health, men­tal ill­ness, and emo­tional prob­lems, among other is­sues.

Mr. Des­mond Phillip, Di­rec­tor of Cor­ner­stone Hu­man­i­tar­ian So­ci­ety, ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to Dig­i­cel for the kind do­na­tion say­ing, “Given the many chal­lenges we face for fi­nanc­ing and to sus­tain the oper­a­tions of the institution, this do­na­tion will un­doubt­edly go a long way. We ap­pre­ci­ate any kind ges­ture to­wards the or­ga­ni­za­tion, no mat­ter how big or small. We nor­mally look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing the ham­pers from Dig­i­cel as it con­trib­utes greatly to the pro­vi­sion of meals and the daily care of the fa­cil­i­ties. How­ever, this fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of five thou­sand dol­lars is most cer­tainly wel­comed and we sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ex­ec­u­tive at Dig­i­cel, Miss Louise Vic­tor, who was part of the team de­liv­er­ing the cheque and ham­per sur­prise to Cor­ner­stone said, “At Dig­i­cel it gives us great joy to con­tinue to con­trib­ute to en­rich­ing the lives of per­sons from all walks of life. Just as we have touched the lives of thou­sands of kids through our Christ­mas toy drive pro­gramme and the lives of many un­der­priv­i­leged through our an­nual Feed the Need and Ham­per dis­tri­bu­tions, we be­lieved it was crit­i­cal to go one step fur­ther in as­sist­ing Cor­ner­stone. As Mr. Phillip high­lighted, the institution faces a myr­iad of chal­lenges and we are sim­ply grate­ful that we are able to con­tinue to as­sist in al­le­vi­at­ing some of their bur­dens.”

Dur­ing the sea­son Dig­i­cel also pre­sented ham­pers to the Liv­ing Wa­ter Home in Soufriere, Ade­laide’s Home, Mar­ian Home, Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture Christ­mas pro­gramme, St. Lucy’s Home, Po­lice Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Branch, Tran­sit Home and Com­fort Bay in Vieux Fort.

Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ex­ec­u­tive at Dig­i­cel, Louise Vic­tor (right) presents cheque to Cor­ner­stone.

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