CaribWorldNews, BROOKLYN, NY, Fri. Nov. 5, 2010: Diaspora-based nationals from St. Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines are being urged to help their hurricane battered homelands as the two Eastern Caribbean countries try to pick up the pieces from last weekend`s devastation by Tomas.
In New York, The Saint Lucia House Foundation has joined with the Consulate General in New York to urge Saint Lucians and friends of Saint Lucia in the tri-state area to help.
The Foundation along with the consulate is in the process of organizing a number of drives aimed at assisting the victims in Saint Lucia. The events will kick off with a church service on Sunday November 7th at the Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, located at 583 Throop Ave, Brooklyn NY 11226 from 3 p.m.
Immediately following the church service, there will be a fund raising drive at the church hall with 100 percent of the proceeds raised going toward the Hurricane Tomas Fund.
Saint Lucia`s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has indicated that the following items are desperately needed: water containers; canned foods (especially evaporated milk); dry food; batteries; flasks; small transistor radios; lanterns or flash lights; cleaning supplies (including sanitary wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.); blankets; bedding (sheets, comforters, etc.), sleeping bags; children`s disposable diapers and wipes; baby food and formula; female sanitary products; and adult disposable diapers.
All of the above items can be dropped off at The Saint Lucia House which is located at 438 East 49th street in Brooklyn. Persons wishing to make financial donations can donate directly to the Saint Lucia Red Cross First Caribbean International Bank, Bridge Street, Castries, A/C # 2645392 swift code FCIBLCLC or Saint Lucia House Foundation, any Chase Bank Branch, account number 2965950724, routing number 022300173. All funds deposited to this account will be transferred to Saint Lucia.
Nationals and friends of SVG who wish to help can do so by making contributions to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Disaster Relief Fund c/o National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), c/o the National Commercial Bank, Halifax Street – Account Number: 110776 Swift Code: NCB VVC 22 or through the St. Vincent and the Grenadines` Disaster Relief Fund in the USA – Consulate of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, JP Morgan Chase Bank Account, Number:00000072629939, Routing number: 021000021.