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Tivoli residents get Christmas gift

Published:Tuesday | December 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Senior citizens from West Kingston are treated to goodies during a Christmas treat at the Tivoli Gardens Community Centre in the constituency yesterday. -Rudolph Brown/Photographer

Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer

Beryl Brown received the perfect birthday and Christmas gift yesterday.

Brown, who turns 81 on Christmas Day, was among hundreds of persons who turned out for a Tivoli Gardens Christmas treat that took place in the West Kingston community.

According to Brown, her gift package which included chicken, mackerel, rice, among other food items, will help in ensuring that she enjoys her birthday.

"I give God thanks, because I am alive and things could have been worse. My son got shot during the state of emergency (in Tivoli Gardens in 2010), so since that time, it has not been easy for me. But in spite of everything, I will always put God first. I am really blessed," she declared.

Leslie Brown, 60, who also benefited from the treat, said the season was a time to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas.

"For me, I think wi tun the whole ting into a mockery. Too much party, too much idol worshipping, and I believe that we are wasting what we have as a society. Jamaica is such a wonderful place, yet we find it in our hearts to be so wicked. We need to get back to basics," he charged.

Not looking for handouts

West Kingston Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie said he longed for the day when residents of his constituency could enjoy Christmas with dignity.

"Contrary to popular belief, the residents of West Kingston are not looking for handouts. They don't want material things, they don't want to have to lie about where they are from in order to get a job. The perfect Christmas for residents of West Kingston would be for them to be seen as humans and to be treated with respect," he said.

"The residents have been through a lot this year, particularly with what has been unfolding in the commission of enquiry. However, I am determined to overcome the challenges. It has been hard work and the obstacles will always be there, but better days are ahead," McKenzie declared.