Photo two shows: Officers and Marines from the RBDF Engineering Department speaking with the patrons of Unity House on Thursday, August 19, 2021, during their charitable donations to the home. (RBDF Photo by Able Seaman Michael Turner II)

As a part of the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Dr. Raymond King’s strategic plans for community relations as a socially corporate partner, members of the Engineering Department paused from their work schedule to donate much-needed items to Unity House, on Thursday, August 19, 2021.  

Led by Lieutenant Adrian Stubbs, RBDF Officer responsible for the Hull Workshop, Safety Stores, Aids to Navigation and Fire Section, (on behalf of the Base Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Gordon Roberts, and Deputy Base Engineering Officer, Senior Lieutenant Nevada Bain), along with the Warrant Administrator, Force Chief Petty Officer Marcello Charlow, the Officers and Marines showed their support for the community by donating to the home.  

The items were received by representatives from the care center for the homeless and elderly, who expressed their thanks and appreciation to the members of the Engineering Department on behalf of the owner, staff, and twenty-six residents of the facility. They were also grateful to the organization which has offered their assistance regularly over the years through individual and collective donations. The house which has been in existence for some forty years is led by Reverend Janice Smith-Butler and supervised by Ms. Judith Smith.  

All of the items donated were sanitation items included cleaning wipes, bed pads, diapers, hand sanitizers, gloves, and face masks. Some of the items were graciously donated by Variety Disposable Products, who was helpful and willing to be a part of the community effort.  

This latest effort is a part of fulfilling the Commander Defence Force’s intent of strengthening and maintaining a favorable relationship with the community. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is committed to “Guarding our Heritage” through opportunities as these, where nation-building plays a vital role.  

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