Barbudan Lois Cephas and her eight children “lost everything” due to Hurricane Irma’s passage last week.
Court has stepped in to provide an immediate need for her and her family by donating a $2,550 washing machine to aid in the family’s recovery from last week’s disaster.
“They identified a number of different items that they needed,” says Senior Manager Jason Gilead, “and they are trying to furnish an unfurnished house here on the island and we used the opportunity to step in.”
Lois had been employed as an unestablished worker at the Barbuda Post Office as a clerical assistant. She has now been reassigned to the Ministry of Agriculture here in Antigua.
“We’re so glad that with this washing machine it will go a very long way. Little by little, our lives will return to normal. It takes time and it takes some healing, but our lives will return to normal,” exudes the single mother.
“I am very thankful for life, but we lost,” she continues.
“My plan right now, is to get my children into school. That’s basically what’s most important to me.”
Cephas goes onto encourage, “My Barbudan people, to just have a little patience. Things are a little rough. Things are not as we’re used to. We’re always in our comfort zone. And God does everything for a reason, and we will return to Barbuda one day.”
The mother says she has not been back to the sister-isle and has no intention to return at this point in time.
The donation coincided with Courts Antigua Ltd. bedding month, September 4 to 29.
For the past four years Courts has incorporated a charitable twist to the Bedding promotion around the OECS , in which charitable organizations have received cash donations from Courts. This year the company decided to donate to the ‘Martha’s Ministry Feeding Programme’ and the ‘Antigua and Barbuda Association of Persons with Disabilities.’
For every bed, mattress, base, divans and pillow sold for the duration of the promotion, $20 will be given to the beneficiaries.
Courts Antigua Ltd has guaranteed a minimum of $3,000 donation regardless of the level of sales achieved.
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