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Needs come in various forms...Help a neighbour today

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! Please ... please don't allow another day to pass without helping a neighbour in need! Needs are everywhere and everyone has at least one of them grappling with. We correctly speak of the hungry, naked and homeless as the needy, but seldom recognise that many among us who have never experienced hunger, nakedness or homelessness can also be categorised as needy needs come in various forms.

By telling us to 'love our neighbours as ourselves and to do unto others as we would have them do unto us', the Creator here helps us to recognise our interdependence we do need one another. Self-sustenance, affluence and influence fall flat and become incapable of helping us in times of crises. Nothing like the human touch!

A wealthy, elderly gentleman while walking on the plaza one day had to grab on to six-year-old child to balance himself as he stumbled. Can't explain how a six-year-old could have provided such exceptional support except for a miracle. Oftentimes our willingness to assist others provides an opportunity for God to work miracles.

Still on the matter this little child, recently I was listening to a radio programme on which an appeal for help was being made for a five-year-old child who was so malnourished that he weighed a mere 20 pounds. Now for the perennial question: with the tons of food being dumped daily, why are there so many hungry and undernourished people around? Somebody will have to answer to Big Master one day for such cruelty!

As some 795 million of our brothers and sisters grope in starvation, what do the rest of us do? Point fingers on governments and other leaders, but seldom stop to consider that as individuals we must play a part in the alleviation of this crisis. Those who do not dutifully reach out to others daily with some sort of assistance could be committing a moral crime. Thousands of lonely people are awaiting a visit or a call from someone including relatives. Those in the various institutions mental, penal, medical etc need words of comfort and cheer. And it doesn't take much to render assistance here

And those among us who think that they are helpless whenever it comes to helping others, must recognise that all of us have been empowered to be of help someone. We are fitted with eyes to see the needs of others, hands to pick up someone who has fallen, a mouth to speak words of encouragement, and feet to go where people are hurting.

So today, look around and instead of asking why doesn't someone do something about all the suffering in our world, resolve to make a difference with what's in your hand right where you are.

THANKS FOR HELPING

1. Neighbour, Kingston, for offering to assist neighbour who needs to start a little business.

2. Natalie, St Catherine, for offering to assist student with payment for CSEC subjects.

3. Ms Donaldson, for offering clothing and hats to a female neighbour.

4. Petrona, for offering clothing new/used for children and adult females.

To help, please call Silton Townsend at 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412, 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 e-mail helloneighbour@yahoo.com.