As our communities, country and by large the world continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are left without access to their everyday basic essentials.
The novel coronavirus, which has caused several to lose their source of income, coupled with the closures of most schools — which countless children rely on for regular meals and the travel restrictions for safety reasons, has left the vulnerable in our society struggling to survive without the risk of endangering their lives as well as those of their loved ones.
On the heals of the We Care initiative in North Leeward, House of Ellis on Sunday 19th April, 2020 in conjuction with Renitta Peters-Morris and Dillon Moris of the Windward Carnival Committee, donated care packages of essentials items to fifteen households from Diamonds to Orange Hill in the North East side of the island.
The packages were delivered by House of Ellis team members and came as a surprise to the recipients.
President and Founder McGregor Lance Ellis said that he has witnessed first hand the toll this crisis, especially the restrictions and lockdown, has on the less fortunate in the United States and wanted to ensure that anyway or form there was help for those in SVG.
“Giving back to the communities we serve (one of the missions of House of Ellis) is more important now than ever,” Mr Ellis explained, “We are fortunate enough to be able to support community based businesses who are also feeling the effects of Covid-19 to guarantee that we meet the needs of the vulnerable.”
“I want to also say how grateful I am to my team members Jevisha Lawrence, Ronique Cain and Ronette Gonsalves who went above and beyond, knowing the risk involved, to ensure that the ones who need us the most got our love and support,” he continued.
House of Ellis invested in the businesses of Ferdie’s Footsteps, Triple R and Flashers supermarkets for the care packages items and plans to invest in other small businesses in the upcoming weeks.
Care packages will be distributed every two weeks until we have have impacted the communities as well as help to keep the economy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (especially small businesses ) afloat during this time of crisis.
House of Ellis is a local company with community development as one of its pillars. We give support to schools (such as graduation assistance and school resources) as well as provide opportunities for growth and development through our scholarship and internship programmes.