Where is the love?

Dear Editor,

Speaking in the House of Assembly last week, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced that the government has collected just under $7.4 million in donations since Hurricane Dorian.

“And, Mr. Speaker, I just want to give an update. [T]here are many Bahamians who believe that we are collecting billions and billions of dollars,” Minnis said.

“That is not true. We will give an update, but I want to point out that, as of today, we [r]eceived donations to the tune of $7,443,938.64, not the hundreds of millions of dollars that people believe.”

You are right, Prime Minister. Many of us are believing a lot of money is being collected, at least substantially more than $7.4 millions.

What happened?

Days after Dorian, pledges were being made from all over. A benevolent native entrepreneur went on record as being the first to pledge a half million dollars.

There were also a few other Bahamian companies that made pledges along with some friends from around the world who made announcements of their intentions. But that’s neither here nor there.

Seven point five million dollars, Mr. Prime Minister?

Bahamians claim to be a kindhearted, loving people so where is the love?

The Bahamas is the third richest country in the America’s behind the United States and Canada. With that said, one would think NEMA’s coffers would be overflowing.

If one person donated a half million dollars, and for you to report to the nation that only $7.5 million has been collected thus far is embarrassing and not saying much about us as a people who profess to be loving and kindhearted.

Are we kind to others?

Kindness is a two-way street.

We cannot be unkind to others and expect others to be kind to us.

Not only is the world watching, but as a Christian nation we are governed by the principles of doing unto others and charity begins at home.

Timothy Gibson in his wisdom left us with the following words to guide our thoughts and our actions: See how the world marks the manner of your bearing! Pledge to excel through love and unity.

God bless The Bahamas!

Love you,

— Anthony Pratt

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