Members of the Caribbean American Cultural Group, Inc. (CACG), Florida based Jamaican charitable organization have embarked on a donation drive to assist hospitals in Jamaica for desperately needed supplies especially since the increases in COVID-19 across the island.
The CACG recently shipped barrels of medical supplies donated to the University Hospital in Kingston. The shipment included large supplies of protective shields, face masks, gloves, and quantities of hospital bedding, health, and hygiene, as well as personal care items for the hospital.
President of the Association, Ms. Dawn Bloomfield, a Jamaican national and local bank executive, indicated that the members of CACG have been in touch with the Hospital administration and has since embarked on the donation drive for needed supplies.
Ms. Bloomfield emphasized that this is an ongoing initiative as the organization is making an effort to assist other hospitals, especially in the rural areas, she added. Meanwhile, she has expressed appreciation to other Diaspora charitable organizations including the Caribbean Nurses Association of the Treasure Coast and Beyond the Walls Ministries. Some corporate entities have so far responded positively to the ongoing appeal to join in the donation.
These include the ACCH Insurance; Signature Smiles; Cleaning Diva Inc.; and the Nurses Association of Jamaica from the United Kingdom.
President Bloomfield continues to encourage partners to this worthy cause emphasizing that willing persons can contact the Caribbean American Cultural Group at www.cacgpsl.com
CACG is a non-profit organization started in 1984, located and operating in Port Saint Lucie just north of the Palm Beach area. This year, the association will celebrate 36 years of service to the community and to the regions represented by members of the Caribbean diaspora. The organization of 210 members of Caribbean descent as the name implies participate in activities giving back to the local communities as well as the Caribbean region.
In keeping with its mission, the CACG seeks to partner with the community engaging in activities to improve the lives of its people through meaningful educational, cultural, and benevolent activities. Last year, through their scholarship programme, some 14 high school graduates were awarded scholarships totaling $15,500 to tertiary institutions. However, this year, the organization had to scale back on the number of awards due to the COVID pandemic which has affected all aspects of economic development globally. Despite the challenge, they were able to award eight scholarships, totaling $8,000, to deserving college-bound students from the community.
Like all other charitable groups, the organization is actively involved in various community efforts to empower the residents as well as the members using the skill set of its members and other community volunteers.
“During, these times of uncertainty, make each moment matter, cherish the time you have with your friends and family, Bloomfield said. “We are stronger together, and we will get through this together as you continue to do your part”.