Paula Nesbitt, center manager for Urban Renewal’s Central Abaco Office, headed their first official food drive on Oct. 16. Nesbitt was assisted by Urban Renewals’ four facilitators: Sandy Boodle; Ernestine Albury; Anita Reckley; and Weldon Davis.
Targeting the elderly and underprivileged children, the food drive supplied donations of food items to 68 homes in Murphy Town, Dundas Town, Bahama Palm Shores and Spring City.
Nesbitt explained that they have done a few drop offs prior to the food drive, but not in such a large number as they did last month. Urban Renewal’s mandate, she said, is geared toward changing lives and transforming communities, so future plans include an after-school program for academically challenged children as well as a Thanksgiving Dinner.
Nesbitt said they are trying to do something every month for the elderly and underprivileged persons as they get the donations. Before the new school year, books and backpacks were distributed. So far, the response has been favourable based on those making donations and those accepting them.
“On a personal level this has really impacted me. I’ve always had a passion for people and this has given me a drive to see a smile on an elderly person’s face and on a child’s face,” Nesbitt said. “If it affects me? In more ways than one because it makes me appreciate what I have; it gives an appreciation for life.”
Nesbitt said they have been at the Ann Wilmore Office Building in Dundas Town for two and a half months, and it is a location situated in the heart of the people. Urban Renewal also has an office in Crown Haven.
If you require assistance or additional information, call the Urban Renewal Office at: 699-2247. The office is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.