Shabree Frett, who was crowned as Miss Universe BVI 2020 last month, delivers soup to community members on Jan. 24 at Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park as part of her charity efforts. (Photo: DANA KAMPA)

2020 was a year of hardship for many, but a beauty queen is working to bring some positivity to the new year.

Shabree Frett won the title of Miss Universe BVI 2020 last month and has since been lending her support to those who need it.

On Jan. 24, she spent the afternoon doling out soup, snacks and water to visitors that sunny afternoon at Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park as one of many volunteer outreach efforts.

Ms. Frett is the founder of Lend a Hand BVI, an organisation partnering with Family Support Network to help families.

Over the holidays, she said, she adopted two families — one with four children and one with two children — to assist monthly as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to bring economic hardship to the territory, especially for those still recovering from the 2017 hurricanes.

“Given their Christmas lists, I was able to provide these gifts for two loving families that I have never met, but feel closely connected to,” Ms. Frett wrote in a Facebook post. “A heartfelt thank you to a special person who made a monetary donation which allowed me to purchase a bicycle for a sweet little boy.”

Ms. Frett will represent the territory in this year’s Miss Universe competition.

The competition is to be held in February or March, according to the organisation’s Facebook page.

Further information is not yet available as the organisation’s website is under construction.

She said on Sunday that the community meal is only the beginning, and she plans to hold at least one community service activity each month, the information for which will be posted to social media community boards.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the organisation or to donate can contact organisers at