As thousands continue to face financial woes due to a loss of income as a result of Stay-at-Home regulations, a businessman is calling on those in a position to help to reach out to others in need.
Sheldon Stephen, owner of Lollabee Group, was speaking to Guardian Media at a squatting community at Lady Hailes Avenue where he had dropped off a few food hampers.
Assisted by Kalicharan Carnival bandleader Aaron Kalicharan and Springvale/Paradise councillor Naigum Joseph, Stephen said he has 250 hampers which he will be giving to needy families in south, central, and north Trinidad.
Stephen, who was interviewed before Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced that the Stay-at-Home regulation will be extended to May 10, said while no one is certain what will happen next month he wants to try to do the hamper drive once a month.
Explaining what triggered this initiative, he said. “Someone just stopped me and said, ‘I don’t have any food, I need some food.’ And I saw the desperation. Sometimes you really don’t know and you don’t notice because it is not around you.”
Noting that everyone is feeling the brunt of this pandemic, he urged those members of the public who are in a position to help someone to do it. “Our team just decided to do something to help. If everybody tries to help where they could things might be a little better. There are so many millionaires in this country, if everyone just tries to do something, it don’t need to be thousands of dollars, it could just be to help one family. When you go to the grocery to make groceries for your home how hard it is to take out some stuff and give it to somebody. It will help. Nobody was really expecting this to happen,” he said.
Anyone seeking assistance for themselves or a needy family can is encouraged to contact his office at 221-3164.