Generation Next hands out Christmas hampers

  • Successful initiative: Eron Hill

    Successful initiative: Eron Hill

A youth group gave away more than 22 Christmas hampers to people in need last month.

Generation Next, set up to help prepare future leaders, launched the Christmas giveaway with backing from island businesses.

Eron Hill, the chairman of Generation Next, said the food hampers included a family-sized turkey, canned goods, boxes of cereal and snacks along with household items and toiletries.

He added: “Deliveries were made right to the beneficiaries’ doorsteps between December 21 and 23. Mr Hill added the handovers got no publicity because the group wanted to protect the anonymity of the recipients.

He said: “Recognising and empathising with the reality that many who face the hardships and struggles of life that result in needing to be a beneficiary of a food hamper, it is our policy not to take pictures or identify our beneficiaries as we firmly believe that all deserve to enjoy their festive season with family, a hearty meal and one’s dignity.”

People were invited to nominate their own family, another one or seniors who needed help over Christmas.

The sponsors for Generation Next’s first Christmas hamper event were wholesaler BGA, Smith Technologies, insurance firm Life & Annuity Services and Bermuda Emissions Control. Mr Hill also thanked volunteers who helped organise the giveaway.

He said: “A special thank-you must be extended to deputy chairs Karim Creary and Antoine Jones, both of whom ensured that this initiative was a success.”

The group plans to continue the donations in the future.

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Published Jan 7, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 7, 2019 at 8:07 am)

Generation Next hands out Christmas hampers

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