Wednesday 11 December, 2019

After sorrow, joy: Church gets donations after soup kitchen theft

One big-hearted supermarket has come forward to replace appliances and food items which were stolen from the soup kitchen of the Holy Cross RC Church in Princes Town. 

The members of Friends of the Holy Cross, who manned the church's soup kitchen to feed vulnerable people in the community, were shocked on Tuesday night to discover that all of the kitchen's appliances including the stove, refrigerator, microwave, and even food supplies had been stolen.

However, the Price Club Supermarket in Chaguanas came forward to help the church in their time of need by donating all of the missing appliances and more. 

A representative from the supermarket told LoopTT that after hearing of the incident, they reached out to try to help the church so that they could continue supporting the community.

"We replaced all the items they lost, the stove, fridge, blender and so on. They are doing a lot of good for the community with the soup kitchen and they were crying out for help, so we decided to help them."

The supermarket, which will celebrate it's 24th year of operation this year, has often donated supplies, appliances and more to needy persons in the community. 

"We don't choose any particular groups, anyone we see in need, we try to help. Last year during the floods so many people lost so much, some people's home were destroyed, so we donated things like appliances, mattresses, food and so on. We even tried to help some people rebuild their houses," she said. 

She did not identify the owners as she said they preferred to remain anonymous, but said the supermarket will continue to try to do what it can to help those in need. 

"There are a lot of people crying out for help, we can't do it all but once we see the need is genuine, we do our best to help," she said. 

Citizens commended them for their kind act.

Empress-Fay Bobcombe:

"As a member of Holy Cross RC Church I want to say a heartfelt thank you for your generous donation. God is an awesome God. What was meant by wicked persons to destroy or thwart God's plans for the less fortunate did not bear fruit. May God abundantly bless your business and families."

Rehana Mohammed:

"Awesome! This church is not even in close proximity to your business location and it shows your genuine support. I’m sure your help was greatly appreciated. Always will support you!"

Sally Ali:

"May god continue to bless the management and staff always helping . That's one reason I will always support the price club supermarket."

Chad Lue Choy:

"This is absolutely terrific. Hats off to your goodwill, initiative and social leadership!"

Anyone wishing to make donations to the Holy Cross RC Church can contact them on 655-2404, 299-9242, or 280-8546.

The church can also be found on Facebook:


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