It was all smiles as boxes of mugs, t-shirts, lunch bags, cups, sweaters, flasks, tote bags, cups and other goodies rolled into various shelters.

Thanks to the San Diego, California-based non-profit organisation SVG Helping Hands Inc.

The items represented the organisation’s way of reaching out to those persons (evacuees) who were displaced as a result of the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano.

The donated items consisted of Ashford University memorabilia, which was one of the contributors to SVG Helping Hands Inc.

Local representative of SVG Helping Hands Inc. – Sharon Charles said the 12-year-old SVG Helping Hands Inc. has been quietly ensuring that some 20 local non-profit institutions across the country have had their wish lists fulfilled.

Charles credited founders Susan Child-Ellis, Natasha Bullock-Odero and Sally Regisford, all Vincentian who migrated to the United States, for always partnering with others to give back to locals.

Those emergency shelters benefiting from the SVG Helping Hands Inc. were: Argyle Primary School, Calder Government School, Biabou Methodist School, Adelphi Secondary, Biabou Methodist Church, Stubbs Primary School and the Biabou Learning Resource Centre.

The Liberty Lodge Training Centre and Our Lady of Guadalupe Home for Girls were also included in the philanthropic gesture.

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