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Maranatha’s ‘Let’s Join Hands’ Doles Out Thanksgiving Groceries

Jodian Scott-Banton (left) teacher at Maranatha Academy along with her students are all smiles as they get ready to distribute the many bags of grocery to the community.

Let’s Join Hands Community – the charity arm of the Maranatha Academy, over the Thanksgiving weekend, doled out 40 bags of groceries and cash to the needy and indigent in the Providenciales community.

The packages were assembled mostly by fourth and fifth form student of the Seventh Day Adventist institution and later distributed to fellow students and other members of the community., with the main distribution day being Nov. 24.

Teachers and students prepare groceries for the community

To complete the project, on Tuesday November 29, staff and a small group of fifth form students visited an elderly woman who is also the caregiver of a disabled young man.

According Jodian Scott-Banton, one of the teachers behind the project, they also seized the opportunity to impart the Word of God to the recipients of the gift bags.

Some of the items on display before being packaged

“We took the Word of God as a blessed comfort, a food bag and cash,” Scott-Banton said.

According to Scott-Banton, students, parents and staff donated the items, noting also that an offering was lifted each morning during the school’s Week of Prayer, which she said also went towards the projects.

Maranatha Academy Students present bags of grocery and an envelope of cash to this elderly woman , who is also a caregiver of a handicapped individual.

“The institution matches whatever the students contributed, thus doubling the money that was given to the household we visited,” Scott-Banton pointed out.

She stated that the grocery bags were comprised of, among other things, canned food, rice, flour, pastas, snacks, beans, peas, bottled water, juices, barbecue sauce and ketchup.

From left: Vice Principal Michelle Arthur; student Ashley Mompremier; Arimique Sinclair, Ayandi Delpeche - Head Girl, and Iyanna Williams (all in the background); teacher Ronaldo Alcala; Principal Richard Morgan; and teacher Nordia Matthews are pictured with a recipient of the gift package.

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