Dutch Police Officer Gerrit-Jan Greven delivering the goods on January 24.
PHILIPSBURG–When he received the invitation to assist the St. Maarten Police Force in 2018, Dutch Police Officer Gerrit-Jan Greven did not think twice and came to work in St. Maarten for a time. While patrolling in September last year, assistance was needed at the Sucker Garden rehabilitation home run by Dr. J. Foundation.
Greven and his partner responded to the call and dealt with the situation at the home. While walking through the home, he noticed that it was very hot inside and persons were sleeping on bare mattresses.
“I decided to ask the home what they needed. They told me they needed vans, sheets and pillows. I told them I am going to help. I contacted a church in the Netherlands and they organised a collection box for the cause. They contacted me and told me that they had collected some money. I told them that it was not enough and more money was needed to get these people staying at the home good materials,” said Greven in an interview with The Daily Herald this week.
“Another church came on board and they started fundraising for the project. We needed 1,500 euros and we received 1,300 euros from the churches in the Netherlands. I needed 200 euros and I made a collection box and placed it at the police station and officers assisted to make up the balance. The home houses 40-50 persons.”
Greven started to look for the materials at the stores on island and was able to purchase the items in January. Complete bed sets, pillows, soap, 15 portable fans and an outside patio set were purchased at several stores. The materials were presented to the home on January 24.
“I did it because those people were in need and I came to the island to help. I really wanted to help and make a difference. As people, we need to help each other.
“I would like to thank the churches in Holland and my co-workers at the station. I am leaving this week to go back to the Netherlands and I loved working on the island. I am working on a project that will supply St. Maarten students with 800 uniforms,” he said.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/85068-officer-greven-gives-back-to-local-shelter