LIME, Tank-Weld rescue fire victims from dismal Christmas
The Christmas season got a big boost for 42 persons who were left homeless two weeks ago after a massive fire ravaged their home leaving nothing but rubble in its wake. The LIME Foundation and Tank-Weld Metals have intervened, embracing the spirit of giving for the festive season.
The fire happened on Monday, November 17 on Seaward Drive in the vicinity of Molynes Road in St Andrew. It was the second time in eight years that a fire had burnt the establishment to the ground.
Errol Miller, chairman of the LIME Foundation, said that the LIME family was deeply touched when they read about the incident in The Gleaner.
"Once we heard about it, it was like people started to rally. They called each other and said, look, we have to do something about it. We got together and bought items such as clothing, toys and educational material," he said.
Miller went on to note that the members of the foundation were thrilled to see the feedback from the victims and members of the community.
"It is one thing when you read it in the paper and feel affected, it challenges you emotionally, but when you actually come and see what these people are going through, all that is left is really the base of the house, and to see the resilient spirit of these individuals, you can just tell they are going to rise again," he said.
Natasha Linton, a victim of the fire who resided at the location with her three children, expressed how thankful she was to have life. They lived at the location for more than 10 years.
"In spite of everything, I give God thanks because we are here this morning and we could have died, but because of His mercy and His grace we are alive and well, despite our circumstances He's going to work out something," she told The Gleaner.
"I was so heartbroken and nervous the day of the fire, even my son is still traumatised as each time he looks at the house and where it was he just has to cry. I think everything is going to be OK, however, and I am thankful for all the help we have received. Christmas is coming up and these gifts will go a long way in brightening up our lives," Linton added.
Chris Bicknell, CEO of the Tank-Weld Group, noted that it was necessary for his team to help because the residents are their neighbours.
"I'm the vice-chairman at Food For the Poor and we are currently investigating and processing the replacement and rebuilding of the houses; all that is in progress now," he said.
"Then there are the burnt-out items, some of which belong to 11 children who have lost their books, so we got a list of them and we are purchasing them to replace all of them so that they can get back to school quickly, as that is essential," Bicknell added.