All it takes is one person and a good idea to change the lives of many for the better. That’s what is happening in Grenada after resident Ayanna Williams, along with her family and a single local mini market, launched Act’s of Kindness. Like many communities around the Caribbean and world, Williams saw that when governments restricted movement to keep citizens safe from COVID-19, some people couldn’t get out to buy groceries and others lost their jobs and didn’t have money to buy food. Hence, Act’s of Kindness goal was sponsorship and donations in order to deliver EC$50 (US $18.50) vouchers/hampers to those in need. Local businesses quickly latched onto and supported Williams’ idea as did the island’s sailing community.
“Fund raising ideas were broadcast via VHF radio, and one in particular was a ‘Virtual Bingo’ idea which produced over EC$4,000 alone from just one session,” explains Philip Thomas, of M/V Tortuga, in Hog Island Bay.
“Many cruisers also just gave cash to a number of boats volunteering with Act’s of Kindness and located in the various bays. More ideas and cash collections are anticipated. It’s a terrific way to repay our island nation who have been such kind and generous hosts. Hopefully, this simple idea can be reproduced in other islands where the sailing community are now being sheltered.”
As of the end of April, Williams and her Act’s of Kindness volunteers have donated 442 food vouchers/hampers, filled with staples like potatoes, milk, onions, flour, sugar and milk, across mainland Grenada’s six parishes. For information, contact: [email protected]