FREDERIKSTED – The officers of the Virgin Islands Police Department, St. Croix District, were beneficiaries of 100 plates of food, donated by actress Naturi Naughton of “Power” fame.
The food donation, organized by the Office of the Delegate to Congress, was presented to the officers on Sunday at the VIPD Administration & Police Operations building in Mars Hill, Frederiksted.
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, who was present with staff members at the food donation, explained that Naughton, whose family is from Frederiksted, reached out to her and said she wanted to provide support to the people of the Virgin Islands.
“We have been going throughout the island serving food, primarily to the elderly and to those with disabilities, during this time,” Plaskett said. The Delegate said her office decided to donate hot meals to employees of the Juan F. Luis Hospital the day before and decided to give meals to police officers to show appreciation for the job they are doing.
Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor thanked Naughton and Delegate to Congress Plaskett for the donation.
“This just shows that Virgin Islanders, whether domestic or abroad, we come together,” Velinor said.
The food was prepared by Ciboné, a restaurant in downtown Frederiksted.
Much of the ingredients were locally-sourced from St. Croix farmers and fishermen, according to Plaskett.
Naturi Cora Maria Naughton (born May 20, 1984) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Naughton is best known as one-third of the R&B group 3LW and for her acting roles in Fame, Notorious, where she played Lil’ Kim, and The Playboy Club.
Naughton, 35, is from East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey.