Scores of police gathered at the Living Waters Community yesterday as the distribution of hampers resumed but unlike last week the officers yesterday joined arms with the Living waters community as they joined in prayer and thanked God for the work done by the team of the Living Waters Community led by Director Rhonda Maingot. The officers clapped their hands and Maingot and her team as they sang “God is a good God, yes he is.”
The song of praise and fellowship followed the distribution of 800 hampers.
It was a far cry from one week ago when the police were forced to shut down the hamper distribution drive because people in dire need of food jammed against each other in the hope of getting a hamper in total disregard of the need for social distancing.
Yesterday under the watchful eyes of the police even as hundreds of people queued outside of the Living Waters Community Centre, in Port-of-Spain, a voice yelled, “maintain social distance, please!”
Maingot told the Guardian yesterday’s distribution process as “flawless.”
The line of people hoping to get their hands on a food hamper meandered up the pavements of Frederick Street to the greens of Memorial Park.
Maingot said, “I know last week we had a lot of trouble outside, but the police came very early in the morning, and they arranged this line, with a little help from us. They’ve done an amazing job to keep everyone at bay.”
The distributions system was well organised and every person in the line received a ticket to get a hamper. At the end more than 800 hampers were given out in total.
“Everybody has a ticket. Everybody who has come got a hamper this morning,” Maingot said.
On her facebook page yesterday Maingot. Maingot said one aspect of the pandemic was the economic downturn which has affected the most vulnerable in our societies.”
She said the Living Waters Community had been “overwhelmed by the hunger of our people. Heartbreaking,” she said.
Maingot said they had been “overwhelmed by the generosity and concern of our more fortunate sisters and brothers and their willingness to share their time, talent and treasure to assist in this crisis in our nation.”
Deeply touched by the outpouring of love, Maingot said “what joy fills my heart these days as I experience the civilisation of love being played out in real time. God is doing something so special in our world. We pray that the river of life will not flow in the same direction again after this pandemic tsunami but, in new and beautiful ways after God’s sown heart.”
Last week Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat that there were Venezuelan migrants and not Trinidadians in the line, but yesterday Maingot told the Guardian “There are no Venezuelans in the line. Last week was the same thing. That was misinformation,” she said.
The visibly happy director was full of praise for everyone involved in the distribution. She said the diligence of the police officers, as well as the 40, or so, volunteers ensured that everything went beautifully.
“People have been tremendous. Organizations have been tremendous to help us to be able to do this,” Maingot added.
Maingot said there will be another distribution of food for T&T nationals next Friday. —JOSHUA SEEMUNGAL