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Nov 7, 2022

Placencia Residents Donate to Belize City Relief Efforts

The Placencia Village Council and residents of the peninsula teamed up to gather much needed supplies for Belize City residents affected by Hurricane Lisa. Over the weekend, the Placencia Village Council, along with a group of concerned residents, sent out a call for donation across the village. Well, the community responded and today several villagers drove to Belize City with three vehicles and a trailer loaded with supplies, including, food, sanitary items, and clothing. We met up with them at the Inspiration Center where they handed over those items to the Belize City Council.

 

Warren Garbutt

Garbutt, Chairman, Placencia Village Council

“Placencia is a community that has been through disasters like these. They know what people are going through in any type of disaster. So, as soon as the storm happened we saw in the news and social media and the devastation in the city, so people saw the devastation in the council and we decided that it is a time to pull together and just have that type of facility to receive stuff because people want to give. So, we came through along with some concerned residents, the council along with some concerned residents on Saturday and Sunday in the center of the village. People just came out and donated food items, clothing. We didn’t have as much time. I am sure after we see what is on the ground today we will go back home and encourage people to continue to give, because like I said we have been through this type of situation and we know the devastation and people do have the need for the items mentioned.”

 

Allan Pollard

Allan Pollard, Deputy Mayor, Belize City Council

“For me it is very commendable. When I got the call, the first thing I could have said was um how thoughtful and how quickly these guys were able to assemble as a team and reach out to the community was also very impressive, getting food items, getting clothing, in such a short period of time, and really reaching out to us to try to get these to the most vulnerable and people affected. I have to commend them, the chairman of Placencia, the volunteers, and of course the residents who donated, because a lot of people from the business community and residents put together these packages. So, we are very very appreciative of that and I really want to thank the guys for coming together and having us in mind because it is these types of collaboration that really gives us hope in these tragic times.”


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