TBCA Interact Club donates to GB Home for the Aged

COMMUNITY SERVICE – The Interact Club at Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy (TBCA) recently donated cleaning and washing supplies to the Grand Bahama Home and Daycare for the Aged Children Centre Nursery and Preschool. Pictured from left are Darrin Rolle, TBCA; Interact Club members; Agatha Thompson, GB Home for the Aged; Ashell Bain, TBCA; Interact Club members and Principal Edward Johnson. (PHOTO: ABRIA COOPER)

The Interact Club at Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy donated much-needed cleaning supplies to the Grand Bahama Home and Daycare for the Aged Children Centre Nursery and Preschool on Thursday (June 6) at the school’s campus.

Director of Public Relations for the school’s Interact Club Skyler Symonette, spoke to this daily about the donation, noting that they decided to give back to the community in the form of the presentation.

“We decided that they needed something they can use, so we contacted BWA and asked if they could donate, to us, cleaning supplies and water for the Home,” she said.

Those supplies included powdered detergent, dish washing liquid, bleach and paper towels.

Symonette revealed that this is the club’s first donation of the year and they promise to continue the trend.

Founder and Administrator Agatha Thompson received the donation on behalf of the Home.

She told this daily that the Home is a non-profit organization and assistance is always welcome.

According to Thompson, the school is no stranger to the Home.

“Different organizations have been assisting the Home from our inception and we are so grateful, because you know the Home is non-profit and we always look forward to these kind donations to help us,” she said.

Thompson furthered that they are always cleaning and washing at the Home and therefore, these items will definitely assist them a great deal.

“The cleaning items, we use them daily … we clean every day, we wash every day, all day to keep the area sanitized,” she added.

Thompson took the opportunity to urge the wider Grand Bahama community to remember the Home whenever they shop for cleaning supplies, if they are able to, pick up an extra item for the Home.

The Home is celebrating nearly 30 years of service to the Grand Bahama community. The Home opened its doors in October of 1990. The Grand Bahama Home for the Aged is a safe, clean, and comfortable residence for 20 senior citizens who, for various medical and social reasons, are unable to remain with their relatives. Financial provisions are garnered by way of fund-raisers, public sponsors, and small contributions from the relatives which are in a position to offer assistance.

The government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas also provides a considerable annual grant that is greatly appreciated and well-utilized in continued maintenance and improvements. However, these generous donations are not adequate as the annual cost of operating exceeds $200,000.00.

Principal Edward Johnson noted that the school’s duty is to not only educate students, but to show them how to be good citizens by giving back to the community.

“As you know our job is not only to teach children in our school system, but to raise them up in the right way and in the ways of the church and we believe in giving back,” he said.

He added that the school is proud of the club’s community efforts.

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