Insurance Group gives to YMCA and Liberty
Christmas in November? Not yet, but it certainly feels that way to the recipients of a donation given by an insurance group. The two non-governmental organizations that care for youths are proud to receive proceeds of a food drive which was spearheaded by the Belize Life Insurance Association. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports.
Delahnie Bain, Reporting
The Belize Life Insurance Association today gave early Christmas gifts to two charitable organizations and by extension, the children that they provide for. The association’s president, Tessa Usher, says the life insurance agents facilitated a food drive to give a generous donation to the Liberty Foundation and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).
Tessa Usher, President, Belize Life Insurance Association
“On October the twenty-third to the twenty-ninth we celebrated life insurance awareness week. And as part of that initiative, we wanted to give back to the community and as a result of that we had this food drive where we placed insurance agents at the different supermarkets; both Publics, canal side and Northern Highway; both Brodies, Northern Highway and downtown; K-Park Supermarket and also they were placed there from eight in the morning to five-six in the evening, around the clock. So we worked shifts. The agents gave selflessly of their time to recruit the different goods that you see here from the customers that came into the supermarkets.”
For both recipients, the donation comes at a critical time of year. The Liberty Foundation, in particular, is a deep financial slump and the Director, Delfina Mitchell, has been struggling to make ends meet.
Delfina Mitchell, Director, Liberty Foundation
“Normally we have a big fundraiser in February in the UK to raise money for Liberty so by the end of the year; we’re like at the bottom of the pot. So for these few months I have to balance or prioritize bills and see which ones I need to pay right now and which ones can wait. A few weeks ago they came onboard and turned off our electricity for non-payment so I had to scramble around and try to get some money to try to take care of that bill to get the electricity turned on. Why I’m saying this is just to show you how much we’re really hurting for funds. So the money that I would spend on groceries right now, I could use for other things so this food drive will help us a lot.”
Meanwhile, the YMCA has seventy-five students who depend on their afterschool feeding program, and according to Program Coordinator, Ronald Reynolds, that’s what the food items will be used for.
Ronald Reynolds, Program Coordinator, YMCA
“This donation couldn’t have come at a better time seeing that we are nearing the end of the year when the YMCA does its annual Christmas dinner. If this donation is not being used either for the after school program directly it can be used for the Christmas dinner or vice versa; if it is used for the after school program, then the funds that we normally use for after school program can be pushed for the Christmas dinner that we normally have. But the donation will be used for the feeding program that the YMCA offers to the youths who we provide for everyday. We have about seventy-five students coming to the YMCA on a regular basis that we normally give a healthy snack to every evening that they report to the YMCA.”
But both Liberty and the YMCA depend heavily on donations and any additional donations will be greatly appreciated.
“Anyone that would like to help liberty or make a donation to Liberty can contact me at 225-2158 or on my cell at 624-3696. I would like to thank everyone that made a donation to this worthy cause. It’s much appreciated; you don’t know how much you’ve made my day. Thank you very much.”
“They can visit the YMCA on Fabers Road Extension or they can call us at 222-5526 and ask for either Mr. Ronald, Miss Perdita or Doctor Cuellar.”
“We felt very touched by Miss Delfina’s interview and as a result of that we will discuss with our executive when we meet at the board meeting to do it as a quarterly initiative where we can assist them on a quarterly basis at least, instead of a yearly basis. So we do believe that we’ll get the consensus to vote on that.”
Delahnie Bain for News Five.