Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church gives hampers

Parish priest Fr David Khan, of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, stands in front the food items to be distributed to people who have been negatively affected by covid19.  PHOTO BY MARVIN HAMILTON

Fr David Khan, Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Harris Promenade, San Fernando, package hampers to be distributed to both locals and foreigners that have been affected by covid19 on Wednesday afternoon.
13/05/2020 - Marvin Hamilton
Parish priest Fr David Khan, of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, stands in front the food items to be distributed to people who have been negatively affected by covid19. PHOTO BY MARVIN HAMILTON Fr David Khan, Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Harris Promenade, San Fernando, package hampers to be distributed to both locals and foreigners that have been affected by covid19 on Wednesday afternoon. 13/05/2020 - Marvin Hamilton

People received food hampers containing "necessities and extra items" as well as meals from the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church in San Fernando in its ongoing drive to help needy people during the coronavirus pandemic.

People formed orderly lines in the car park of the church at Harris Promenade on Wednesday and were observing physical distancing.

Parish priest Fr David Khan told Newsday that 500 bags, each holding 17 items, were prepared for distribution.

"When we started the initiative, we gave 160 hampers to parishioners. It expanded to include people of San Fernando and environs. Last Wednesday, we gave 387, of which 48 were given to migrants," Khan said.

"Today we have three categories for distribution: listed citizens, migrants and new registration. The bags have 17 items, necessities and a little extra."

Venezuelan migrant Joel Arellan collected his hamper and left with a smile.

He told Newsday in Spanish that he has been deeply grateful for the help. Arellan said he lives at Duncan Village with five other people including his four-year-old son Jeremias.

"Things are not good for us because we cannot work and do not have any money. We have no food and we thank the church for doing this."

Nearby at the church's bookshop and cafe,Our Daily Bread, parishioners gave out meals to people, many of whom are homeless.

Holding a bag, a homeless man wanted more than food.

"Allyuh ent have Clorox?" he asked.

The next distribution takes place next month.

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