AML Foods Ltd. has come to the rescue of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home (GBCH), in response to an urgent plea made by Executive Director Sheila Johnson-Smith, via social media, for diapers and wipes for the 26 children, currently living at the home in Freeport.
Answering the call from executives at the home, AML Foods jumped in to offer to match each purchase made by their customers towards the drive.
“At AML Foods we are committed to supporting and making a positive impact in the communities in which we operate,” said Renea Bastian, AML Marketing Dept. “The Grand Bahama Children’s Home stands out as a beacon of hope for disadvantaged children and we are delighted to be able to support them in this way. Under no circumstances should these children be deprived of support from society, and once we were informed of the urgent, need we immediately agreed to help.”
The initiative, which is in its last week – May 13 to May 18 – encourages customers to purchase diapers or wipes for the Home at Cost Right Freeport, Solomon’s Lucaya or Solomon’s Queens Highway. After purchase, customers can place the items in special marked bins located in the stores. AML has pledged to match each purchase of diapers or wipes, and donate all the items to the Home.
GBCH Executive Committee Member, Sarah Kirkby, is appreciative of the out-pouring of concern generated by the social media post, and is thankful to AML for assisting the home. “AML is relieving a heavy burden for us right now,” said Kirkby. “We have quite a few babies in the home right now, as well as some young children who are mentally and physically challenged, and hence the increased need for diapers and wipes. Our home was not originally designed for children with disabilities, but these children have no place to go, and our numbers have been increasing.”
The “Diapers + Wipes” campaign is running in Cost Right Freeport and both Solomon’s locations on Queens Highway and Lucaya. “The initiative is going well, but we need a lot more customers to come into the stores so that AML can match their purchases,” encouraged Kirkby.
AML Foods joins other corporate companies on Grand Bahama that have come forward to lend a helping hand to the home. Telecommunications company Aliv, was the first company to respond to the social media plea for diapers and wipes, but more support is welcomed.
“We welcome all support, whether Corporate or personal,” said Kirkby. “Our home is like any other, we have power bills, water bills, maintenance, and food costs times 26. So, we really welcome every dollar and thank AML, ALIV, and the public for helping our children.”
Persons interested in donating to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home, may contact the home at 352-7852, or visit the office on Tripp Lane, the home also has a website and social media page.