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US group donates to Portland Infirmary

Published:Saturday | January 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Millicent Chambers-Gray, president of Coalition for Jamaica, interacting with a resident at the Portland Infirmary.-Contributed photos
Members of the Coalition for Jamaica, Portland Chapter.

Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer

Port Antonio, Portland:There were broad smiles on the faces of residents at the Portland Infirmary, who were pampered by members of Coalition for Jamaica, an American-based organisation.

President of the group, Millicent Chambers-Gray, who spearheaded the initiative, was excited about donating gifts and personal items to the infirmary as, according to her, the needs are great at that facility.

"I am a Portlander who resides in the United States," she commented. "We see the needs at this facility, and Portland is dear to my heart. Our first branch was started in Montego Bay by one of our members, but since becoming president, it is only fair that I start a branch in this parish, as I have seen the need, and Portlanders will benefit from our donations."

According to Chambers-Gray, the Port Antonio Hospital also benefitted from the donations as team members visited the various wards and met with nurses and patients, whom they engaged in a brief interactive session.

Among the items handed out to both facilities were toothpastes, toothbrushes, combs, bath soaps, deodorants, ointments, and braces.

The Coalition for Jamaica, Portland Chapter currently comprises four members, but Chambers-Gray is optimistic that the membership will increase significantly in short order as a recruitment drive is now on.


The Coalition for Jamaica was formed in Philadelphia in 2003 by Jamaican residing in that area who saw it fit to help with the needs of ordinary Jamaicans including the underprivileged, the destitute, the homeless and the abandoned.

Continuing, Chambers-Gray said "Our main aim and objective is to extend help to the people in the various communities, especially in the areas of health care, education, sports, and any other area, once the need is known to us. It is a joy to see the broad smiles on the faces of residents at the infirmary."