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NAJ fetes homeless

Published:Friday | December 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The soothing melodies from the singing of Christmas carols engulfed the atmosphere at the Marie Atkins Shelter in Kingston on Wednesday as the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) feted the destitute at its annual Christmas treat.

"It's Christmas, and every year, the NAJ treats several people to food and various household items. Today, we have a treat at the Marie Atkins Shelter for homeless people as we look to give them something to look forward to, to lighten their moods, to embrace them with the spirit of Christmas," Janett Farr, president of the NAJ, told The Gleaner.

"The general feedback is always wonderful as we bring food, goodies, carols and other items to give to these people. It is by this medium that we share the Christmas spirit with them," she added.

Shashana Lawrence, the 2014/2015 Lasco/NAJ Nurse of the Year, also reiterated the importance of spreading the Christmas spirit to the underprivileged.

Outreach programmes

"The NAJ is trying to give back to Jamaica. We are often seen in a negative light, but that is not the case. We do these outreach programmes every now and again, and it's just a part of giving back, which is very crucial," she continued.

Trevor Brown, a 65-year-old resident of the shelter, was in a joyous mood as he spoke with The Gleaner and shared his gratitude to the NAJ.

"I feel very good about what is going on because right now, mi a tell u say nuff a we nuh have nothing. We not even sure where we a guh find food more time," he said.

"So when you see people like this coming with open arms, we give thanks and praises to them. We respect them and this does a lot for the Christmas season as it is a time of giving. Trust me, we are really thankful because it makes us feel better," Brown continued.