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Group executive chairman and managing director of Coosal’s Sieunarine Coosal, centre, gives visually impaired Christine Williams a hamper during the Christmas Food hamper distribution while Zalayhar Hassanali (partly hidden) and Shivan Bhaggan look on at the car park of Salvation Army, upper Henry Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

The Salvation Army Kettle Drive Hamper Distribution 2021 kicked off on Tuesday where about 2,000 hampers are to be distributed in the next few days.

The brief distribution exercise took place in the car park of the Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters, Upper Henry Street, Port-of-Spain.

Scores of people lined up to secure their numbers from as early as 9 am, despite the inclement weather.

On hand to distribute were chairman of the Salvation Army of T&T Bindra Dolsingh; Patron of the Salvation Army, Zalayhar Hassanal; Board member Shivan Bhaggan and executive chairman of Coosal’s Group of Companies Sieunarine Coosal.

Speaking with the members of the media briefly, Coosal expressed pride, joy and an honour in being able to continue to serve with this exercise during these difficult times and in especially this year during the pandemic.

“This pandemic has proven to be unyielding as we navigate through unprecedented times and fundraising for any non-profit organisation is deeply challenged at present,” Coosal said.

“Through the generosity of community benefactors, these contributions are able to help not only the deserving recipients today but throughout the year, these contributions can fulfill the needs of many individuals and by extension, families,” he added.

Coosal said over the past few years the hamper distribution has been “an incredible experience working with so many different people who are at their different stages in their life’s journey.”

He said his involvement with the Salvation Army is one he looks forward to and cherishes “as a direct result of my earlier life’s journey.”

Coosal also acknowledged the Christmas Kettle Appeal.

He said, “Although an annual event scheduled during the Christmas season is not only limited to this time of year, but critically important is the need for sponsors contributions to continue to further assist families whose situations are already compromised.”

“This initiative is an excellent opportunity for corporate T&T and all citizens to assist as best as possible,” he added.