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Let us help someone to meet their needs

Published:Thursday | November 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! We are not the only ones who need special attention. Others have their own emergencies, urges and urgencies: flight to catch, doctor's appointment, lateness for work etc. They, too, want to be first in line. But, if we attempt going through the small exit at the same time, many will be crushed. Be careful!

We complain about everything: why is the line so long? Why is the day so hot and why does the sun shine so brightly? Why? Why? Why? Here's why: as people differ, so do their needs. So the days are hot because air-conditioning companies need to earn an income. The sun is shining brightly because it's a source of vitamin D for many persons. Vitamin D helps to keep bones strong and healthy and helps to prevent cancer. The line is long because, like you, others waited for the last minute! See how everything is connected?

The picture changes when we recognise that, even though we differ in so many ways, there is a sense in which we are all the same. Our needs and expectations are often equal, but the resources to meet those expectations are often not equal to the task. Everyone needs an adequate amount of food, clothing and shelter - man's basic needs. Where these needs are not met, people become unfulfilled and agitated.

In the middle of writing this article, an agitated mother called me from Stony Hill, St Andrew. Her problem is that she needs two louvre windows which she cannot afford at this time because she is unemployed and broke. This problem is exacerbated by her pride. Watch that pride! Fun and joke aside, if someone who is reading this article doesn't help her, her depression could compromise her health, etc. But we hope not.

From the foregoing, we decipher why we have been mandated by the Creator to 'love thy neighbour as thyself' and 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. Here is the thing: people who possess purchasing power would not experience depression if a window was needed for their house. They would run down to the hardware store and have that matter sorted out in a jiffy!

Does the fact that this poor neighbour cannot purchase these windows mean that she should not enjoy the same comfort others enjoy? Let's say that you faced this crisis, wouldn't you desire help from others? Not all of us are blessed with the ability to procure life's necessities. Those who are so blessed should consider those who are different. And I cannot end this article before reminding us that we are all blessed with different abilities and it's in the utilisation of these abilities for the benefit of others that life finds one of its greatest meanings.

Have a good day and please help someone from the list below do the same. Much peace!

Thanks for helping:

1. Owen for offering to purchase single bed for a needy neighbour.

2. Neighbour, for offering clothing for eight-year-old girl.

3. Neighbour for offering a house spot (piece of land) to a needy neighbour.

4. Neighbour for offering female clothing for a needy neighbour.

5. Claudia, for offering to assist Jody with the $7,500 needed to process student's loan.

Opportunities to help:

Neighbour, seeking neighbour's assistance to purchase glasses - $16,000.

Lynval, St Catherine, asking neighbours for second -hand settee and food items.

Rose, St Andrew, needs size 12 khaki for back-to-school. Also clothing for boys four and 16.

Neighbour, single mother, asking for a mattress.

Lorraine, Portland, asking for a stove and a dresser. Personal stuff got damaged.

Kaye, St Ann, asking for clothing for three-year-old daughter and four-year-old son.

Neighbour, mother of six. Asking for clothing and a dinner table, stove and a dresser.

Ms Smith, Clarendon, nursing student asking for help with school fees and transportation cost ... mother of two. Also needs a dresser and a bed.

To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to HELLO NEIGHBOUR c/o 53 Half -Way Tree Road, Kingston 10. Email: helloneighbour@yahoo.com.