Meals for the homeless due to Rotary Occasion

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BY DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

THE Rotary Club of Grand Bahama distributed a hot breakfast and grocery packs to the homeless community and a local homeless shelter in Grand Bahama on Saturday.

The charitable initiative – which spanned different areas in Freeport and Eight Mile Rock – brought some hope and joy this Christmas season to those who are sometimes forgotten.

RCGB community service chair Titi McKenzie-Moss said the initiative was backed by members of the group and supported by Beacon School and The Snack Place-Caravel Beach, who contributed snacks and backpacks.

President Rengin Johnson and several members took a bus to the urban areas of Freeport, downtown, the bazaar, and then to Eight Mile Rock, giving hot chicken sauce, a backpack full of groceries and snacks, and mosquito nets to the homeless on the street.

The group also went to the Home Away from Home Shelter and delivered hot breakfast and care packages for the 60 residents.

Ms. Johnson commended Mervie Knowles, home administrator, for her humanitarian work in the community.

“On behalf of the Grand Bahama Rotary Club, we are very excited to support the shelter – you are number one when it comes to helping humanity,” she said.

Ms. Knowles thanked the RCGB for its support.

“This is truly a blessing and it has blessed my heart just to take care of them and give them a home,” she said.

Ms. McKenzie-Moss said Rotary is about serving the community.

“Our motto is self service, and we have chosen to help those who are sometimes forgotten and marginalized in the community.

“The homeless population may not be large, but it has grown in Grand Bahama, and that is worrying. As Rotarians, it’s important for us to make sure the Rotary Wheel keeps turning when we hit one, touch one.

“This will not be our last interaction with the homeless community, we will continue to help them as best we can. We also want to encourage individuals, not just organizations, to donate to the needy, the homeless, and anyone you meet in need of help. It’s the humanitarian cause, ”she said.

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