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Nov 2, 2012

Liberty and YMCA receive welcomed donations

Christmas is a seven weeks away, but two organizations got early presents this morning. The Liberty Children’s Home and the Young Men Christian both received care donations from two benefactors to coincide with Life Insurance Week. The goodies will make life a little easier for about a hundred and fifty children. Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Belize Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors handed over groceries and clothing to two NGO’s specialized in child development. The donation of food items and clothing is part of BELAIFA’s yearly community outreach program, which is in celebration of life insurance week.


Tessa Usher, President, BELAIFA

Tessa Usher

“Insurance advisors from the three life companies that makes up BELAIFA—RF&G Life, Sagicor Life and Guardian Life—were posted at the different supermarkets in Belize, namely: James Brodies and Company Limited, Publics Supermarket, K-Park and Bottom Dollar. What we did was work on two-hour shifts standing at the door with the carts and asking donations for the Liberty Children’s Home in the Capacity of food items. The food items that a generous donor just came in—her heard it on the radio—he just came in and he said come, I won’t give you food, but I have a box of clothes to give you for the Liberty Children’s Home. And so I said well we’ll take that too.”


BELAIFA has selected the Liberty Children’s Home for the third time in a row as one of the recipients for the donations.


Delfina Mitchell, Executive Director, Liberty Foundation

“Duane I have to tell you I’m ecstatic, very happy about this donation. This is the third year BELAIFA have done this for us and I’m so happy that they keep thinking of us because it is something that we really, really need. You know that we operate on a very limited budget, so every little help like this really helps us. This donation as you see is a variety of stuff so what it will do is put a little variety into the meals that we give the children.”


Also receiving a care package is the Young Men’s Christian Association. Program Coordinator, Ronald Reynolds, says that it will help feed a hundred kids enrolled YMCA’s daily feeding program.


Ronald Reynolds

Ronald Reynolds, Program Coordinator, YMCA

“We have a feeding program with the YMCA that we have to maintain. We have approximately a hundred students strong coming in everyday to our feeding program and after school program with the YMCA. Also we have our annual Christmas dinner coming up in December where we normally have a special dinner for all our youths coming to the YMCA and help the needy that goes to the YMCA. So it is not only for the feeding program for the students, but we also help families as well.”


The Liberty Foundation in Ladyville, which caters to some twenty-eight less-fortunate kids, is particularly grateful since it has recently been burglarized. Anyone that would like to further assist can contact either BELAIFA or Liberty.


Tessa Usher

“We kinda adopted the Liberty Children’s Home. They are always in much need of funds, in much need of the food items and so we have kinda taken it on as a yearly event when we celebrate life insurance awareness week.”


Delfina Mitchell

Delfina Mitchell

“As you know, Liberty is funded by donations. We get a monthly stipend from the government of Belize, but the majority of the operational cost we have to raise by donations. So we rely on generous people to give us donations. Because of that, we operate with a skeleton crew; we do the bare minimum. But one of the things that makes it difficult is that for instance, in the past seven months, we’ve had a series of robberies at Liberty where now we are the target. The thieves come on to the campus; they come into the administrative buildings, the school, our library, even in our kitchen to steal from us—from us that have very little as it is.”


The total donation to both organizations is valued at approximately three thousand dollars. Duane Moody for News Five.


BELAIFA says it is attempting to hold similar activities on a quarterly basis.

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1 Response for “Liberty and YMCA receive welcomed donations”

  1. Storm says:

    Here’s one time I won’t squawk about insurance companies. I applaud their generosity to these two worthy charities.

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