(CMR) The annual Meals on Wheels Change for Change Coin Drive saw record-breaking numbers this year, with over 300 volunteers across Grand Cayman last month, in 21 high traffic shops, organizations, businesses, and banks across Grand Cayman.
The charity reported that it raised $48,516.35 over the two-day event held on January 29 and 30.
“I am beyond overwhelmed with the amazing support from our community! We had volunteers from age 4 to 74 who represented service clubs, churches, corporations, small businesses, civil servants, schools and more. The unbelievable success of the 2021 Change for Change Coin Drive is a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm that our Meals on Wheels volunteers’ display on a continual basis,” Jennifer West, Meals on Wheels General Manager said.
West said the valiant efforts of the volunteers would ensure the vulnerable served.
The funds will be used to provide daily hot meals to seniors, disabled, homebound, and infirm persons across all 5 districts of Grand Cayman.
“Every penny counts, and we are extremely grateful to everyone for opening your heart and emptying your pockets, coin jars, car trays, and piggy banks for our worthy cause,” West said.
According to a press release, Meals on Wheels works hard to raise funds needed each month to continue providing meals free of charge to over 315 clients in need. The organization relies on over 120 volunteers weekly to deliver the meals to clients at their homes.
The charity expressed appreciation to its sponsors and media partners for their role in ensuring the event was a success.
Meals on Wheels also expressed gratitude to businesses that allowed the charity to use their locations, including Foster’s (Airport, Camana Bay, Countryside& Republix), A.L. Thompson’s, Atlantic Kids & Atlantic Department Store, Butterfield, Cayman National Bank, Credit Union, Cost U Less, Buy Smart, Book Nook, Hurley’s Marketplace, Kirk Home Centre, Kirk Market and, Rocky’s Diamonds.
“We would not have been able to have such a successful event without our volunteers, including the Cayman Islands Civil Servants who rallied staff from various departments and Ministries,” MEals on Wheels stated.
Meals on Wheels also expressed thanks to the many organizations, including schools and businesses, that encouraged their staff to get involved.