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Saint Lucia has launched a fundraiser to not only assist frontline workers but also to feed the country.

The country is appealing to all to donate to this SUPPORT SAINT LUCIA campaign. One hundred percent of donated funds will directly assist Saint Lucia’s most affected citizens with food and critical supplies.

In Saint Lucia, the majority of its citizens depend upon the economic benefit of the 400,000 visitors it welcomes each year. COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the country’s economic stability, creating shortages and limited access to critical and life-sustaining supplies such as food and personal protective equipment.

Since April 1, the island has been working with local partners on sweeping measures to ensure that Saint Lucians have their basic needs met, distributing more than 10,000 emergency care packages with necessities including vegetables, fruit, hygiene items, baby supplies, and non-perishables. Efforts continue daily, as volunteers carefully manage limited safety protocols while performing the urgent work needed to provide supplies to each home. “But as an island community where tourism means everything, we are in crisis, and we need your help,” said the statement.

“Your donation to SUPPORT SAINT LUCIA will go directly towards on-the-ground support, funding the purchase of food and care packages for our neediest and most vulnerable residents – cab drivers, hotel workers, tour guides, boat operators, school children and the many families in need of support,” said Honourable Dominic Fedee, minister of tourism, in the statement. “We are grateful for donations of any dollar amount. Saint Lucia remains actively committed to the health and wellness of our locals, who are eager to welcome back visitors when the time is right. We are observing strict quarantine measures and a national scale down as directed by the Ministry of Health.”

Go to Saint Lucia Frontline Workers COVID-19 Response to donate in any amount and to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority page for more information.

For more updates on this ever-changing situation, visit Recommend’s Coronavirus Updates Center.