On a day dedicated to families, Caritas together with Home Economists in Action, has published guidelines for those who wish to help vulnerable families requiring emergency assistance in the current circumstances. The aim of boxes packed with various goods is that of providing basic needs for families who have suddenly found themselves in financial difficulties.
During a virtual media conference, Caritas Director Anthony Gatt said that Caritas has been working in this sector for many years but the pandemic has presented a new set of problems. He mentioned the elderly under restrictions, non-European persons who have ended up jobless and parents of children of different abilities who cannot attend respite centres or schools.
He said that Caritas is responding to these situations through helplines, counselling and online social work as well as the distribution of food among other matters.
Professor Suzanne Piscopo from the University’s Education Department and also a Member of the Caritas Administrative Board explained that the solidarity packages do not only include foodstuffs but also other essentials for hygiene and educational purposes. A package contains supplies for two weeks. She said there are four different types of packages catering for different sized families, particularly those with babies.
The Caritas Director said that because of the current circumstances those that can make donations are being requested to do so.