Sunday Sessions: Thinking Outside the Box
by Claire Panchoo James
My daughter received an early gift from the “Blue Santa” here in Baytown (Texas)! She called and was so excited! She said mom if St. Croix only thought of its citizens this way! They gave her a microwave and a big bag of presents for her little one. Tears came to my eyes. I was going to give her that same gift. She needed it but now I can get her something else. I started thinking about my home and I wondered how wonderful that would be for the people.
It is not every day that you see racing police vehicles going down the street to deliver presents. It is usually to arrest someone or a call to crime. It is good to know that those sirens were bringing joy to the less fortunate. I also got to thinking about how wonderful it would be to restore some sense of trust and respect for the V.I.P.D. (Virgin Islands Police Department). There are some people who I know have good hearts and do a great good within the department for the people outside of solving crimes. You never know, maybe, they might just be more cooperative.
The city gave out free presents, drink and cookies. The bikers of the town use City Hall every year to also give out presents and today gave away four hundred and fifty bikes. Wow! What a way to make the little children look up to grown folks in such a positive way. The governor is not expected to hold these events the departments are responsible to represent their programs within the community with the approval of the State. The schools take a list of homes and children who are in need and deliver turkeys and presents each year to help the city bridge the gap. The churches also provide these services even if you are not a member.
I am a mother of eight and I was not qualified for public assistance in St. Croix just because I had a little piece of property but my children and I lacked greatly within the home for things. I was an employee of Hovensa and still couldn’t maintain all that I needed to.
Something to think about for our community! I love outreach and the idea melted my heart but rather than waiting to come home to do it I decided to share the idea because there might just be some little child whose parents cannot afford to give them anything.
DID I MENTIONED THAT IT DID NOT MATTER IF THESE PEOPLE RECEIVED FOOD STAMPS OR WELFARE? NO QUESTIONS WERE ASKED! THE AMAZING THING IS THAT EVEN IF THEY DID RECEIVE ASSISTANCE, THE AMOUNT IS FAR GREATER THAN THE ALLOTMENT FOR THE V.I. (Virgin Islands) BUT IT STILL DID NOT MATTER.
*Republished with Permission