By Jaimie Smith, News Reporter - Published Monday, May 1, 2017
A monetary donation, canned goods and cleaning supplies were donated to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home by local business Cash Wiz Freeport (better known as Grand Bahama Trading Post) on Thursday past.
The assistance will be ongoing according to Cash Whiz General Manager Jermaine Cox.
“One of our core values here at Cash Wiz is that we believe in community involvement, along with integrity. This is one way of reaching out to the communities that we serve. We provide a service to the wider clientele of Freeport, but this touches my heart myself, and Konstantino Hamilton, one of my newest employees, who brought it to my attention.”
Cox disclosed that in order to motivate his patrons at Cash Wiz, a decision was made to offer discounts on items of interest if goods brought in were earmarked for the home.
“We appealed to our clients, to bring in canned goods. On the canned goods received, we would offer them discounts on other goods to the customer, between 5 to 15 percent.
“I definitely want to have this incentive ongoing because, of course we will be working with the Grand Bahama Children’s Home year round. It will be an ongoing process.”
“I am glad to be a part of this. I must say thanks to all of my staff here at Cash Wiz, including Samantha Miller, my Administrative Assistant and Konstantino Hamilton, for bringing the idea to us. This is our first outreach. We definitely want to do a lot more,” concluded Cox.
Shelia Johnson-Smith, Executive Director, Grand Bahama Children’s Home expressed appreciation.
“These items are truly needed. Even though we are constantly in need of food, the Home needs cleaning supplies just as much, all of which keeps us operational. Because of the Residential Care Act, there are certain guidelines that we must follow, as far as cleaning is concerned. It is not cheap to secure those cleaning supplies that they have specified for residential homes. With Cash Wiz donating these things between themselves and their customers, I think that it is an amazing initiative. We are hoping and praying that other companies take the initiative and run with it. We are truly thankful,” she said.
Additionally, on Friday, employees of the Deloitte & Touche Chartered Accountants and Management Consultants firm, here on the island of Grand Bahama, made a substantial food donation to the Home.
Employees Hazel Mckinney, Trishelle Saunders, Shareicka Bethel, Kaynish Mcintosh and Grevie Neymour, personally delivered the items to the Home.