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CoJo donates to children's home

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2015 | 9:00 AMTamara Bailey

WILLIAMSFIELD, Manchester:

Members of the non-profit organisation Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) planted smiles on the faces of the administrators and children of the Windsor Lodge Children's Home last week Wednesday when they presented them with much-needed items.

The 21-year-old company based in New York has been making donations to children's homes across the island annually and was pleased to be at Windsor Lodge for a second time with over half a million dollars worth of appliances, computers and school supplies.

According to CEO Gary Williams, COJO Inc began out of a simple desire to give back to the community through children.

"I myself being from Jamaica, living in the States people were good to me here from my church and my community, so when I went to the States, I wanted to do something for my country and I thought the best way was through the children," he told Rural Xpress.

Williams added: "This particular donation was made possible through a former ward of the state, who now lives in Argentina and wanted to give back to the home, but needed the assistance."

Hosting two major events, including a grand gala every year, Williams said all proceeds go towards securing items for donations.

He added: "Persons are free

to make online donations whether cash or kind at www.cojokids.org; they can also like us on Facebook or contact us there," he said.

Major Jacqueline Palmer, who manages the home, expressed gratitude.

"I'm very happy, very grateful, that we were able to get these much-needed items. We are happy for the computers because we are in the process of just making an added library area for the teenage boys, and this was one of my dreams, to have the computers along with the books in that area," said Palmer.

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