Stewarts and benevolent partners lend helping hand to Dominica
With civilian cries for assistance becoming louder in hurricane-ravaged Dominica, the Jamaica-based Richard and Diana Stewart Foundation has joined forces with a host of other charitable partners to gift families most in need 563 well-stocked care packages.
Proprietors of the Stewart's Automotive Group, the family has opted to partner with Krishna Vaswani, director of Quality Incorporations V11 Ltd, who's currently coordinating a massive shipment of essential products to the island left in tatters since the passage of Hurricane Maria on September 18.
The force of nature left more than 90 per cent of the island without food, power or shelter.
"Whenever our family identifies a need, we try to reach out and lend assistance. For Dominica in particular, we felt that a lot of the other islands would be getting help from the more developed countries whereas Dominica, like Jamaica, is an independent island all by itself," Christina Hudson, grandchild of Richard and Diana Stewart, told The Gleaner.
Another integral partner of relief efforts, the Kind Hearts Foundation is operated by Hudson, her three siblings and two first cousins, all grandchildren of the Stewarts.
They partner with Food For the Poor to raise funding to construct basic schools across the island.
Drop in the bucket
Hudson continued: "We're so lucky, this could have so easily been Jamaica but, for whatever reason, we were spared. I think it is our duty to give back and help as best as we can, as we're all one people and everyone deserves the right to clean water, electricity and shelter. More than 70,000 families in Dominica have lost almost everything, so when you compare 563 boxes to that figure this is but a drop in the bucket but, hopefully, it will give hope to those families that received."
Hudson also voiced a willingness to partner with other organisations to aid the relief efforts while heaping praises on CB Facey Foundation for its contributions.
PriceSmart, Jamaica Packaging, Fifth Avenue Traders, Eustace Lee Ltd and iSure Wholesale also contributed.
Each care package will include:
1 Full sheet set
6 Packs Ensure
6 Packs Pediasure
6 Tins canned food (2
sausages, 2 tuna and 2 corned beef)
6 Boxes juice
1 Pack crackers
2 Bars soap
1 Pack diapers
1 Pack feminine sanitary
1 Pack wipes