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Hello mi neighbour

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM

As I watched the hungry, elderly lady clutch an apple given to her by her visitor, I was gripped with compassion.

Wished I could've helped also. But she was thousands of miles away. As the television camera did a close-up, her lips parted with a brilliant smile and a big "thank you".

Wow! Though vicariously, the joy I felt from that act of neighbourliness could've been no less than her visitor's.

Isn't it a great thing to give someone an opportunity to say "thank you"? And wouldn't today be a great day for that? Yeah, man!

The reason why many thank yous are not being heard these days could be a result of fewer people showing kindness or more people displaying ingratitude.

What do you think? Whatever your thoughts, you would agree that there is no replacement for a heartfelt thank you. Doesn't a heartfelt thank you make you feel like going the extra mile for someone? And for sure, it's the opposite for the ungrateful heart.

Our days would be so much brighter if we performed simple acts which cause people to say hearty thank yous.

Tyrone*'s face was beaming with joy as I thanked him for the $10 he gave me to make up my toll money.

Tyrone is a windscreen wiper who sometimes cleans my windscreen. Thanks again, Tyrone. You saved me a bit of embarrassment.

When Barbara's mother came from Bog Walk to collect the bed linen which Claudette donated to her, she was a package of joy. She could hardly control her emotions as I handed her the gift at our meeting point.

In turn, Claudette and yours truly were quite appreciative of this neighbour's gratitude.

What we can all appreciate about this is that both giver and receiver can have a similar experience when thankfulness forms part of the transaction.


While it takes cash to care, there are many cashless things that we can do for others for which they will show appreciation, thus brightening our days. And bright days are priceless. I'll never forget engaging a gentleman who approached me for a few coins in New Kingston one evening. I gave him no money, but our conversation, for him, was so rewarding that, if I gave him a million dollars, it would be of less value.

A good motivation to care for others - whether or not there is cash - is remembering our humanity and the fact that whatever affects one can affect us all.

By way of announcement, World Thank You Day, which was launched on June 11, 2014 in another part of the world, will be celebrated again on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Please see the Internet for additional information.

In the meanwhile, let's have a 'Thank You Day' today and remember to help someone from the list below to say thank you today.


1. Claudette, for offering children's clothing and bed linen to needy neighbours

2. Neighbour, for offering a sewing machine to a needy neighbour.

3. Everybody's Pharmacy, for acts of neighbourliness.

4. Audrey, USA, for acts of neighbourliness.

5. JAMINCO Import Export, for deeds of kindness.


1. Neighbour, unemployed - asking for fabric to make pillows, curtains, sheets, etc. also asking for church clothing.

2., Kerry, St Mary - asking neighbours for a dresser.

3. Patsy, unemployed - asking neighbours for financial assistance to start a microbusiness - detergent, bag juice, bleach, etc.

4. Suzanee, unable to find a job - asking neighbours to assist with child's school fee - $6,500.

5. Neighbour - asking neighbours for a gas stove.

6. Young, sickly mother, St Andrew - Asking for a secondhand television.

7. Angella, single mother - asking for a bed for children's sake. Using blocks to hold up her broken-down bed.

8. Nicole - desperately needs a bed.

n 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