Saturday 24 August, 2019

Bookstore, teachers pledge donations of school supplies after floods

While donations have been pouring in and relief efforts ramped up to assist those affected by heavy rains and weekend flooding, a group of teachers as well as bookstore Keith Khan’s have been working to secure donations of schools supplies to aid students in getting back to school.

Keith Khan’s has asked those who have lost school books and stationery in the weekend floods to send them a list of the items needed and they would see how best they can assist in replacing these supplies.

They have also issued a call to those who can assist to visit their bookstores and purchase books and stationery for affected residents at a discounted price.

While the bookstore said they will inform affected persons they can come in and collect the items purchased, they have also offered to transport relief items to these flood victims. Those who wish to get these supplies to can drop them off at Keith Khan’s Port Of Spain branch.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all that were affected during what is no less than a tragedy,” Keith Khan’s said.

Meanwhile, teachers have also pledged to assist students in need across the country.

In a Facebook post, Cherrise Ashby said the aim of the drive is to assist in some small way to ease the burden of parents in getting their children back out to school following the damages and losses suffered.

The teachers are asking for donations of the following items:

Black/White Socks




Pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, sharpeners

Bathing soap

Sanitary napkins/ panty liners

Toilet paper

School bags


White Vests/ tees


However, donations are not limited to the items listed as persons are encouraged to donate any other items to assist the affected students and their parents.

Ashby listed these contacts and drop offs:

•East (747-4209) - Trincity Mall/ Shops of Arima

•South (499-6714) - South Park

•Central (718-3201) - Price Plaza

•St. Augustine/Curepe (725-6294) - Remax Real Estate Group

Non-profit organisation Halimah's Helping Hands has also offered to assist to get school supplies to primary school students affected by the floods.

The NGO has extended an invitation to families whose primary school children have lost their school books and supplies to have the principals of their children's schools call their foundation's offices at 314-3316 or 792-4904.

The group said it will do all it possibly can to assist with the replacement of school books and supplies for these children.

The NGO has urged that this effort be coordinated through the school principal's or school's administrative office for speedy and efficient access to the resources needed.

Stay with LoopTT for updates on how you can assist flood victims. 


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