SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation donated 200, 22lb bags of "Love Rice" to residents of Pond Island during a distribution relief drive late last month.
The donation relief drive was possible thanks to the assistance of 17 volunteers, five of whom are Tzu Chi commissioners.
During the drive persons returned their bamboo banks (Tzu Chi collection bottles) and many requested more. Persons in the community can deposit love offerings into the bamboo banks, which the foundation uses to help others in the community.
One of the recipients was grateful for the donation as she has been facing many difficulties since Hurricane Irma. She like the idea of the bamboo bank and she promised to get involved and do her part to help others.
One of the recipients said the donation of Love Rice was very much appreciated. “It is a beautiful thing they are doing for the community and it is appreciated,” the recipient said.
Tzu Chi Commissioner Sandra Cheung is grateful for everyone who was involved in the drive.