Bowen and Bowen (B&B) is giving back to the community this Christmas season by providing over 200 needy families with a Christmas meal. Everything a family needs for this meal is placed in a box, which is then distributed to organizations in order for them to further distribute it to a family of their choosing. The organizations such as Dara’s Feeding Program, Women’s Department, and Hand in Hand Ministries all received their boxes today. Public Relations Coordinator for B&B, John Palacio, told us how this initiative came to be.
John Palacio, Public Relations Coordinator, Bowen and Bowen: “The initiative is actually a staff initiative for the Christmas season. We call it a Christmas in a box or Jingle Box. Staff came together because we know the hardship of how it is especially in our country and the staff came together and said you know what we can make donations and then the company said that’s a great initiative and we’ll match up whatever you come up with. We’ve got over 1,200 people working for B&B and so it wasn’t far fetched that we could come up with a lot. Last year we did just about 200 boxes, this year we got up to 210 boxes so we know that it’s trickle down. And I want to say this much as well, this year is the 10th year for the B&B Jingly Box initiative. For today we gave to Dara’s Feeding Program, we know how big Dara is in terms of feeding children, he has a passion for it so Dara, Hand in Hand Ministries, the Women’s Department, we have so many other organization even to some of our sales centers. Look we’ve got a lot of people working but there are not a lot of people who are actually fortunate out there and so why not start within our organization as well. So while we have other organizations who are getting stuff also some staff members will be getting stuff. What comes in a box ? Christmas comes in box ! The box actually entails, juices which of course are made by us, we’ve got rice that we source from Belizean farmers, beans sourced from Belizean farmers, we’ve got cranberry, there is also a gift certificate in the box that you can go on down to Quality Poultry and get your chicken, we actually have ham in the box, there is so much that comes in that box that could make a Christmas a warm Christmas meal for a family.”
The organizations also told us what it meant to them to receive these donations.
Reporter: How do you feel about getting this donation today?
Joel “Dara” Robinson, Dara’s Feeding Program: “First of all I want to big it up because this is my passion and this is my message for Christmas to every business to give a needy family food. Like this is easy for me whatever amount I get I can find because I deal with this everyday on a daily basis so I know exactly who to give the food to.”
Latoya, Meighan, Supervisor, Boost Plus Program: “On behalf of the Women’s Department and the beneficiaries I want to say thank you to Bowen and Bowen and their staff as it is a great initiative. I know that our beneficiaries will be very very grateful to receive this Jingle Box this year. How we’ve selected these families is we choose the most needy of the needy. I wish we had more than ten but I’m grateful and I’m happy that we did receive and the ten families who have been notified have expressed their gratitude.”
Rashida Bethran, Director, Building for Change Program: “Hand in Hand works mainly with those who are marginalized people who do not have it all and these Jingle Boxes will definitely assist these families some way or the other in making their Christmas preparations and it will be a big help for these people we serve. It’s going to be a rather difficult task to decide ten people to benefit from these Jingle Boxes however I will be prioritizing those who come out swinging for the organization, those who give back, these are the top people that will be on my list.”
The total value of each box is about $80.