THE Syrian Lebanese Women’s Association (SLWA) packages and distributes 1,500 hampers to needy people across Trinidad and Tobago.
The SLWA Christmas Hamper Project started in 1955 with just 20 boxes as part of the association’s battle against hunger.
On Tuesday (December 10), members of the SLWA, their families and friends descended on St Anthony’s College to pack the hampers.
Needy families will get hampers filled with items including flour, sugar, milk, crackers, dried and tinned peas and beans, cookies, condensed milk, jam, peanut butter, juice and soap.
The project takes an entire year to come together. Lining up sponsors, confirming numbers, sending and receiving request letters, building boxes, packing boxes and so much more, “it is a true labour of love,” a member of the SLWA said.
The SLWA has long been a proponent of ending the hunger felt by so many in TT, she said.
While the Christmas Hamper Project is a hallmark of the Association, the SLWA also distributes about 60 food hampers each month to those most in need, the member said.
She said, “But above all, it is the spirit of generosity and the purpose of feeding the needy in this country. It is a step in the direction of change; a simple step that continues to grow.”
If you would like to get involved in this annual project, please email the SLWA at firstname.lastname@example.org.