Christmas in Saint Lucia, like many other places around the world, is usually a time of merriment and celebration. We share food and drinks with friends and family.
This year, many of our Saint Lucian brothers and sisters could not participate in the Christmas merriment as an unusual weather event bringing significant rainfall resulted in loss of personal belongings and six deaths.
In several parts of the island bridges collapsed or were compromised and motorways were made impassible due to land slippage; electricity and water supply was disrupted, whilst communication was cut off.
The Government of Saint Lucia, along with the utility companies and other contractors and citizens are working assiduously to return the country to a sense of normalcy. However, many families continue to suffer as they have lost their belongings and must take up temporary residence at public shelters.
The Government of Saint Lucia is therefore making a special appeal to those who are not as badly affected to extend fraternal love, through charitable donations of clothing, food, bedding/mattresses and hygiene items to those affected by the heavy rains.
Residents in the communities of Anse La Raye, Bexon-Marc, Canaries, Vieux Fort North and South , have been particularly hard hit by the heavy rains. Many have lost their beds, appliances, clothes and furniture.
These donated items can be taken directly to MEMO or to the offices of Constituency Councils or to local Disaster Committees.