Salvation Army grateful to Scotiabank & Barbadians for their generosity

The response by Barbadians to the Salvation Army’s most recently concluded letter and kettle appeals is “a tribute to their generosity as a people.”

This assessment from Salvation Army Divisional Commander for Barbados and St. Lucia, Major Rosemarie Brown, who said she was very encouraged at how much empathy both Scotiabank and Barbadians continue to demonstrate towards those less fortunate in their society.

“We are generally very pleased and encouraged that each year Barbadians continue to selflessly dig deep into their hearts and pockets, and in so doing have ensured that the important work of The Salvation Army can go on. It’s no secret that in recent years the numbers of less fortunate persons among us have been increasing rather than decreasing, and with the continued support and generosity of Barbadian entities like Scotiabank inspiring the public, we hope to set our targets even higher this year,” said Major Brown.

Speaking at the monthly meeting of The Salvation Army Advisory Board, Major Brown commended Barbadians for their support and philanthropic efforts, especially given the current economic climate:

"It is a tribute to the generosity of Barbadians in these trying economic times. Even though we did not reach our target of seven hundred thousand dollars, to have raised six hundred and fifty thousand dollars is certainly a successful effort." Scotiabank (Barbados) CEO David Noel seen to start the kettle "boiling."

“It is a tribute to the generosity of Barbadians in these trying economic times. Even though we did not reach our target of seven hundred thousand dollars, to have raised six hundred and fifty thousand dollars is certainly a successful effort.” Scotiabank (Barbados) CEO David Noel seen to start the kettle “boiling.”

The Salvation Army head made the comments as she officially extended gratitude to Barbadians for their generosity during Christmas 2014 and into the New Year 2015.

The annual Christmas and New Year fundraisers are fundamental to the upkeep of the Salvation Army’s varied social service programmes. The Army is recognised for its work in sheltering and feeding the homeless and hungry, delivering food hampers each month to needy families and maintaining a Feeding Program that provides 160 meals daily. This in addition to working to uplift local communities through educational outreach programmes such as Computer Classes and Back-to-School assistance.

Noting she had been very inspired by the kind-heartedness of Barbadians, Major Brown said she was looking to the future with greater confidence, and encouraged persons to keep on giving:

We expect to surpass this target next year, as people continue to give, and others hearing of this achievement will give againThank you Barbados.”

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