Derek Edwards, left, team manager of Petit Valley/Diego Martin hands over a hamper to a resident of the community.

Former national midfielder Terry ‘Jughead’ St Louis was among a team of players from T&T Super League campaigners Petit Valley/Diego Martin United on Monday, bringing smiles to the faces of several needy families in the Diego Martin and Petit Valley surrounding communities.

‘Jughead’ was joined by coach Ronald Daniel and manager Derek Edwards who took some time off Monday to distribute hampers that comprised a range of food items to families who fell on hard times due to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which is affecting families in various communities in T&T and on the global stage.

Edwards, the outspoken Petit Valley/Diego Martin team administrator said they just wanted to reach out and help people in need in the community which the team represents.

Sixteen families benefitted from the gesture and Edwards told Guardian Media Sports on Tuesday they are planning to distribute more hampers soon. Edwards’ Petit Valley Diego Martin United is the representative team in the super league, but last year little to no financial support saw them finish close to the bottom of the standings.

“For the next hamper distribution, we intend to assemble at a neutral meeting spot like the Valley Harps Steel Orchestra and we will either take hampers to underprivileged families in the community or ask the families to come to the meeting spot. Whatever we do, we are trying to give out more hampers to help people in the area who need help,” Edwards explained.

The Petit Valley boss also called on corporate citizens in the area to follow in their footsteps and give a lending hand to those families that are in need. “I am also asking the businesses in the community to support our team financially because our team is not one that is looking to win anything at the Super League. Rather we are into the business of saving lives since our community is one riddled by crime. Every year we strive to ensure that the youths in the community are provided with something to do or something that will turn them away from a life of crime.”