The Market STX and STT Provides Donates to DHS to Celebrate ‘National Cookie Day’

National Cookie Day (Submitted photo)

The Market St. Croix and St. Thomas has donated over 700 chocolate chip cookies to be distributed to all employees of the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (DHS) territory-wide in celebration of National Cookie Day, which occurs on Dec. 4.

Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez said, “As a community, we are extremely grateful for the pubic-private partnership with The Market. The Market, St. Croix and St. Thomas ( has been a great supporter of DHS and the employees who serve about 40,000 Virgin Islanders every day. DHS employees touch the lives from our littlest people to our elderly through our 84 programs. Thank you, Wally, Mafi, Shawn and Willy of the Hamed family, owners of The Market, for ‘Working Together to Make a Difference.’”

This year has been a difficult one for many in our community and the nation due to the pandemic. It is the season of gratitude and giving, and if you or your business are inclined to do so this year, DHS is graciously accepting donations on behalf of our clients. Our Christmas 2021 Wish List includes the following:

Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged (facility) – St. Croix

  • Storage trailers
  • Gardening tools
  • Adult Wipes
  • Flat and fitted sheets (twin and bariatric sizes)
  • Towels and washcloths and bibs
  • Liquid Ivory Soap unscented
  • Commercial riding lawnmower – 18 ton

Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged (residents) – St. Croix

  • Total residents (23 – 18 females/5 males)
  • Toiletries, socks, adult pampers, T-shirts, house dresses

Point of Contact – Anna Velez-Martinez, director, Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged at 277-7818 or

Queen Louise Home for the Aged (facility) – St. Thomas

  • 50 lbs. of goat (mutton) for stew (VI Finest)
  • New furniture for TV room and porch furniture

Queen Louise Home for the Aged (residents) – St. Thomas

  • Total residents (13)

o Females (8) – house dresses (1 2XL; 3 XL; 3 large; and 1 medium)

o Males (5) – T-shirts, polo shirts, (3 XL; 1 large; and 1 medium), socks,


Point of Contact: Ernie Pennyfeather, administrator, Division of Senior Citizen Affairs at 74-1041 or

Division of Senior Citizen Affairs, Adult Protective Services

  • Toiletry Items for 40 clients, including soap, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, perfume, cologne, lotion, adult sized pampers (XL, large and medium)
  • New Wheelchairs (5)
  • New Walkers (5)

Division of Children and Family Services – Foster and Protective Services

Christmas blessings have been bestowed upon us in our St. Thomas/St. John District by the St. Thomas Rotary, New Herrnhut Moravian Church and the St. Thomas Lodge. We currently have children and youth ranging in age from 4 – 19 years-old in Foster Care in need of toys and electronic wishes that

include: trucks, tablets, hoverboards, remote control cars (batteries), bicycles, play stations, Bluetooth headphones and gold earrings. Stockings filled for 54 children are also needed on St. Croix.

Point of Contact: Charrisse Hart, administrator, Division of Children and Family Services at 473-5794 or

Adopt-A-Family for a Christmas Meal

  • Cooked meal to support a family of 4-10 people
  • Uncooked meal, please include turkey/turkey breast, rice, boxed mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, ingredients for macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, canned yams, sparkling cider, canned/bottled juice, rolls and desserts.

Point of Contact: Commissioner’s Office

St. Thomas – Maribel Chinnery 774-1166

St. Croix – Lorilei Plaskett or Jacqueline Carter 773-2980

For more information, please visit the Department of Human Services website at or on Facebook ( at V.I. Department of Human Services.

DHS exists to provide social services to members in our community with diverse needs. In times of national uncertainty and hardship we act as a safety-net and exist to inspire hope and empower change through non-judgmental, quality delivery of needed services and resources. Visit the Department of Human Services website at for more information.

For more information on COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus, visit the V.I. Department of Health’s website at or text COVID19USVI to 888777. #COVID19USVI

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