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CITCO and Relief Providers Hand Over Supplies to Fire Victims Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00

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This afternoon the Belize City Council invited representatives of the thirteen families who lost their homes and belongings in the March 24 Majestic Alley fire to City Hall for them to receive supplies from the Ministry of Human Development and the Belize Red Cross.

The Director General of the Belize Red Cross, Lily Bowman, prepared packages that include a 25 pound cylinder gas tank, a set of pots, pans and utensils and a medicated net to keep away mosquitoes and other pests. Bowman said, “The City Council has been doing a real good job at leading the response and we are happy to join and do our part.”

The Ministry of Human Development handed over a grocery certificate to each family representative for them to pick up a month's supply of food and household items. Human Development representative, Dana Ferrel, shared words of encouragement with the victims and assured them that the social services department will be providing all assistance that is available for fire victims.

Councilor Philip Willoughby and other Councilors have been on the ground in the neighbourhood since the evening of the fire. They have not only been providing as much as assistance from the Council’s budget as possible but they have also been busy on the phones calling social and corporate partners. One of the earliest partners to hand over a donation is the San Pedro Belize Express. They handed over a cheque for $5,000 to the Belize City Council. The Council will add the small difference for each family to receive $400 to buy additional supplies during this difficult time. A San Pedro Belize representative said to the victims, “We are neighbours. We see you all the time and we are glad we can help.”

Councilor Willoughby promised the victims, “We will not abandon you half way through the recovery.” Councilor Michael Theus said, “We have committed to make your return to normalcy be as comfortable as possible.” While Councilor Kevin Singh who grew up in the Majestic Alley area was confident that not even such a devastating blow could overwhelm the strong spirit of these alley residents. “This is what we do,” said Singh. “We take the blows but we survive and move on.”

Several other corporate partners have made a commitment to contribute to the Council’s relief efforts. The representatives of the family expressed gratitude to all who have supported them since the disaster.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 March 2017 16:52