By Ingrid Fernandez, Staff Reporter
Bay Trust International and the Belize Police Department November 27 2015 held a Christmas party for the most needy in the Mahagony Street area.
Bay Trust International (BTI) invested between $15,000 – $20,000 to provide food packages, toiletries and other items for more than 120 people attending the party. For attendants that have children, the organization provided items for the children.
The organization also put together a truckload of food and toiletries and will be driving into the area to distribute them to families that have been severely affected by the recent flood.
Glen Wilson, president of the offshore banking company, stated that the significance of the event is to give back to the community because Belize has been a hospitable country for his business.
“We have been fortunate, to make money from being here and take advantage of tax breaks. From that money we give back to the people“ said Wilson.
BTI sent out donation appeals to more than 20 companies of which only four responded. DHL Couriers, Publics Supermarket, Simon Quan and Mcnab Publishing made monetary and other donations.
According to Melissa Coleman, Trust Manager of BTI, they selected the area because it was one of the most affected by the floods, and because the Resource Center for the Homeless located in the area is a centralizing location that brings together homeless people and provides services for them to reintegrate into the society. Coleman is grateful for the police’s assistance in organizing the event stating,“The police Department wants to bring awareness that they are not only a disciplinary function in the society but also our friend.”
The Precinct II police assisted by providing logistics and security. Through the Community Policing initiative, the police went about gathering intelligence, by assessing the area and identifying 200 families affected by the floods. Each police member recommended 25 families from different locations for assistance.
Commanding Officer of Precinct II, Mahogany Police Station, Sergeant Brent Hamilton said that the event is important for the police to “spread the love for Christmas so people don’t feel forgotten.”
Other Christmas plans that the police will be carrying out in the area in December are a toy drive, a Christmas hamper drive and a Christmas party for the cadets.