Clarendon students get back-to-school supplies
On Sunday, children at the Miracle Tabernacle Free Town Church of God of Prophecy in Clarendon benefited from a donation of well-needed back-to-school supplies.
The initiative was spear-headed by Tanya Francis Taylor, along with family and friends in New York.
Francis Taylor, who used to live in the community, migrated many years ago but she has not forgotten her roots.
"I was just thinking on how I could give back to my community and I wanted to use an avenue where I knew help would go to the most needy," she told The Gleaner.
She said having been a regular contributor to the church's outreach, including an annual children's treat, she thought it natural to put the project in their hands regarding distribution.
In addition to back-to-school supplies, there were also children's clothes and various reading books and educational activity books, which will be distributed to the church, Brown's Basic, and Free Town Primary school libraries.
Francis Taylor said when she first thought of getting the project together, it seemed like an insurmountable task.
"I prayed about it and just decided whatever little I can give is coming from my heart and that should be enough," she said.
But as soon as she told friends and other family members about what she was doing, they, too, were excited and jumped on board, resulting in three barrels filled with goodies for the children and schools shipped off to Jamaica.
Francis Taylor's word to fellow Jamaicans abroad is not to look at what you cannot do, as "the minute you start and share with friends, you will be surprised at what can be done to help those back home".
Sunday school superintendent and a member of the welfare committee at the church, Valrie Campbell-James expressed gratitude to Francis Taylor.
"Our next project will be the first-ever health fair and expo in the community, where we hope to get medical aid, especially for the elderly and those who cannot afford the medical cost," she said. She is hoping this, too, will be a success.
Over the years, the church has been involved in the community with various initiatives, including a soup kitchen, back-to-school giveaways, and its annual children's treat.
"We just want to thank organisations which supported us over the years such as Digicel, LIME, Honey Bun, Supreme Ventures, Pepsi, and I-Octane, through Busta," said Campbell-James.