Red Cross has a new service point | THE DAILY HERALD

PHILIPSBURG–Red Cross opened a new service centre in Philipsburg at the Windward Islands Federation of Labour (WIFOL) building at Walter J.A. Nisbeth Road (Pondfill) #89 last week.

The centre will be manned by a group of senior citizen volunteers who will provide information on Red Cross’ ongoing and upcoming projects.

At the new centre, persons can sign up to become a volunteer and submit requests for first aid during events. It will have a limited amount of clothing in stock for distribution for those who are in need. Clothes donations can be dropped off at the WIFOL building as well.

The service point’s opening coincided with a celebration for Red Cross’ 43rd anniversary on the island.

“We are proud of the work we have been doing for the last 43 years, especially after the passing of Hurricane Irma two years ago,” said St. Maarten Red Cross president Nadia Chirlias. “As a humanitarian organisation, we aim to serve our community and are grateful for our volunteers who give their time and support to the organisation.”

The office on Airport Boulevard in Simpson Bay will remain the head office, as most activities will still take place there.

“We know that it is not always easy for people to come to Simpson Bay, so we have made ourselves more accessible for the beneficiaries to reach us. Our goal in the near future is to have more service points within other areas,” added Chirlias.

The service centre became a reality in cooperation with the St. Maarten Senior Citizen Recreational Foundation, Caribbean Institute for Social Education Foundation (CISEFm) and WIFOL. It will be open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Those seeking information about the programmes can contact the Red Cross at 545-2333 or 545-2304.

Source: The Daily Herald