Philipsburg St Maarten— Friday May 31, Red Cross opened a service center in Philipsburg at the WIFOL building on the pondfill # 89. The service center will be manned by a dedicated group of Senior citizens volunteers who will provide information on ongoing and upcoming projects of the Red Cross. In addition, persons can also sign up to become a volunteer as well as requests for first aid during events can also be submitted at the service center. The service center will also have a limited amount of clothing in stock for distribution for those who are in need.
The opening of the service point coincided with a celebration for Red Cross’s 43 year anniversary on the island. “We are proud of the work we have been doing for the last 43 years especially after the passing of hurricane Irma two years ago.” says Nadia Chirlias, President of Red Cross Sint Maarten. “As a humanitarian organization, we are aim to serve our community and grateful for our volunteers who give their time and support to the organization.”
The office at the Airport Road in Simpson Bay will remain the main office. Most activities will still take place there. In addition, clothes donations can be dropped off at the Wifol building as well. “We know that it is not always easy for people to come to Simpson Bay so we have made ourselves more accessible for the beneficiaries to reach us.” says Nadia Chirlias. “Our goal in the near future is to have more service points within other areas.”
In cooperation with the Sint Maarten Senior Association as well as CISEF/WIFOL, the service center became a reality, and will be open on Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm every starting June 3rd,2019. Come and join us, and be a volunteer today, it is very rewarding to serve!!!!!
People who have questions about Red Cross programs can contact the organization at 545-2333 or 545-2304.