After seeing an increase in business during the COVID-19 lockdown measures, a local courier company has decided to give back to struggling Bahamians.
President of Mr. Ship It Leonardo Lightbourne said the goal of his company’s give back initiative is to help families by introducing SAFE (Ship And Feed Everyone in need).
“A percentage of our revenue for every box shipped is donated up to $10,000. Those organizations that will benefit as far as charities are Great Commission Ministries, the Bahamas Feeding Network and Hands for Hunger. We just felt the need that during this time a lot of folks are out of jobs, without food and without hope, so therefore we have to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper during this time of need,” he told Guardian Business.
Lightbourn said in these unprecedented times, he believes everyone who is able should do their part to help in whatever way possible. He said it is important given that his business experienced growth while others were forced to closed.
“It hasn’t really been impacted in terms of the business itself. We’ve been operating since day one of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was in March. So since March to this time we’ve been operating, at a few points during the pandemic we would have closed our stores but as far as cargo incoming Monday to Friday, we were allowed under the orders to operate,” said Lightbourne.
“To be honest, I think it ticked up a bit because some of the items individuals would be looking for in-store, like the Lysol and a few other things, those were fast-going items, so I think people just resorted to the US, trying to get those items shipped in, even with bleach at one point.
“We have been one of those businesses operating during the time and we have benefitted in some regards, so it’s only right for us to extend our hands to help fellow Bahamians.”