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April News

Food Drive

It's April already! If you follow us on our socials you will know that we delivered our monthly Food Drives January through April and our now planning our May Drive, time sure does fly!

 

As always, a MASSIVE thank you to our generous donors, sponsors and supporters. We see you, and we are just so grateful for your unwavering support.  

 

Well over 250 (we aren’t quite sure, we didn’t count them all!) grocery bags full of tinned vegetables, pasta and rice, long life milk, tinned meat and fish, dental care items, soap and sanitary products, oatmeal and grits, teabags and hot chocolate, kids snacks, fresh fruit….etc etc delivered every month. Every bag, packed as always, with the specific needs of each recipient family in mind. And of course many many bags full of much needed diapers, wipes and formula to those Moms who really need them. Every single bag distributed directly to around 130 vulnerable families across Provo and North/Middle Caicos.

 

Thank again to all our amazing volunteers for all your time and hard work, and a huge shout out to all our fabulous distribution network too, who give so much of their time and energy to helping others. It truly takes a village!

Corporate Donation

 

 

Additional thanks this month to Affinitiv, a lively and warm corporate group who made a generous donation to The Orchard TCI in advance of their arrival, and with which we bought tables and tables full of household cleaning, laundry and personal care items. With everyone’s help these were swiftly dispatched into grocery bags which meant that last weekend, every single family also received a bonus bag of valuable and much needed items alongside their ‘regular' deliveries. Also a HUGE thank you to the amazing team at Nila who helped coordinate the whole thing, and who definitely went above and beyond to make it all happen!

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December News

Arts & Crafts Fair

We kicked off on Dec 2nd/3rd with a table at the Salt Mills Craft Fair, what a fabulous couple of days! Thank you to Eleanor McKnight for donating a beautiful painting that she created especially for us to raffle off and raise funds, and to little Louis Kendrew for picking the winning ticket. 

Fundraiser!

 

Then swiftly onto Dec 7th, when we hosted a truly epic Christmas Party/Fundraiser. Thank you so much to everyone who came down to Sharkbite in brilliant and hilarious festive outfits and totally brought the party, it was SO MUCH FUN and we loved every minute. To Shannon and Mike and the Sharkbite team, to Chef Joey and John at Baci as well as Sharkbite for the delicious food, to our amazingly generous silent auction donors and our kind raffle prize donors, to Raj The Entertainer, and of course to you; who bought raffle tickets by the mile and who bid on our incredible silent auction prizes with an enthusiasm that was almost terrifying at points. We love every one of you, and your amazing energy and generosity meant we raised just over $30k! We are absolutely, utterly and totally blown away. And we are already planning bigger and better for next year!

Christmas Food Drive

 

December 12-16th was our epic Christmas Food Drive! 120+ families across North and Middle Caicos and Providenciales received bountiful and overflowing bags of essential groceries, baby items, hygiene products, cleaning products and load and loads and loads of Christmas extras. Thanks again to The Source for your generosity. 

 

And the Toy Drive! Every single one of the 190+ children on our outreach list got something for Christmas, thanks to you! You all brought such carefully chosen items, and we made sure to get something appropriate to every single child. Many will open their gifts with their adult guardians on Christmas Day, but for some it was just too exciting and they couldn't wait. To see the absolute joy on the faces of deserving children when they saw their gifts was such an amazing blessing and it felt like Christmas had come early for us all. 

 

And for all of your grocery and cash donations outside of the above too, we really are beyond grateful. It's just so amazing to know that we can continue what we do far into next year, and for those families who really deserve some help to know we can be there for them is a truly incredible feeling. 

 

Thank you, from the absolute bottom of our hearts. 

Humans Rights Commission Award 2023

 

In other news WE WON AN AWARD! On December 9th we put on our mascara, ironed our frocks and The Orchard TCI was presented with 'NGO of the Year 2023' at the Humanitarian of the Year Awards, hosted by the TCI Human Rights Commission. We absolutely do not do what we do for any recognition, so we were totally knocked sideways when they called our name out. Humbled doesn't even cover it and we still can’t believe it! Attached is a photo of our lovely Pastor Kenneth, one of our amazing distribution team, with our award. The Orchard TCI really is a team effort and we are so grateful to everybody involved for their hard work and selfless contribution.

 

 

 

 

And with that, lovely ones, we pretty much wrap up 2023. Its been an honour and a privilege to be able to do what we do, and we are so excited for next year already.  But until then we hope you all enjoy Happy Holidays, and please know that your generosity has brought a little light and comfort to lovely humans who really deserve it.

 

 As always; stay safe, stay healthy, and continue being amazing!

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