The benevolent spirit of the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique who migrated to North America in particular continue to be a source of support throughout the year but more-so when the Christmas season comes around.
The Government had removed the free barrel program but this has not caused those from abroad to wilt under the added finances required for loved ones at home to enjoy this much appreciated gesture from those living in international countries. The shipping of barrels from relatives and friends abroad comes against the backdrop of a crippling global crisis, which is affecting persons both at home and abroad.
In recent weeks the Port has become busier as persons rush to clear their barrels in time for the season. On Thursday morning the department saw its busiest day as the season draws closer. The clearance of a normal barrel with basic foodstuff would cost in the region of about $130.00.
What is noticeable is that the barrels arriving now are more plastic and less of cardboard material. This is as a result that those barrels can later be used as water catchments, which are essential during the dry periods of the year.